Steve Corica adamantly downplays Sydney FC’s season-defining issue

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The Sydney FC head coach quickly rushed to his team’s defence after their loss on Saturday, despite a host of wasted opportunities extending their winless streak to four games.

Sydney’s descent down the A-League Men’s table continued on Saturday night after a last gasp 91st-minute winner from Matthew Leckie conversely sent Melbourne City to the top spot.

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Steve Corica’s 100th game in charge proved to be far from the celebratory occasion at Netsrata Jubilee Stadium, which instead was met with the club’s winless streak extending out to four games after dropping points to Wellington Phoenix and Western United twice in their previous three matches.

Now having played the most amount of games in the competition, equal with their most recent opponents on 15 matches, the Sky Blues’ fifth loss of the season dealt a crushing blow to their finals hopes.

The club sit in sixth position, whilst each of the league’s bottom six sides have a mathematical chance of catching up to them in their remaining fixtures.

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Despite the increasingly gloomy situation unfolding before his eyes on Saturday, Corica appeared surprisingly optimistic as he fronted the press shortly after the devastating defeat.

“There’s a lot of positives out of the game,” he said.

“You know, the last two or three games we’ve been the better team and we’ve created more chances than everyone else.

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“But then there’s the negative side that we aren’t finishing these chances off.”

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Corica naturally pointed to an all too familiar tale which cost his side dearly against the league leaders. After producing 12 opportunities compared to City’s eight on Saturday, the Sky Blues have resultantly turned just three of a staggering 69 attempts into goals over the course of their four-game winless streak.

Once again, however, this alarming statistic was downplayed by Corica.

“I’d rather be creating the chances, obviously I’d rather be scoring more goals as well, than not creating chances at all,” he said.

“So that’s got to be credit to the players. We’re getting in the right position, but that little final touch, that little composure in front of goal is lacking.”

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Shortly after Serbian talisman Milos Ninkovic fired home an equaliser for the Sydneysiders, the midfielder squandered a golden one-on-one opportunity to give his side an unlikely lead as he fired high into the night sky.

The rare calamity from the 37-year-old was just one of many occurrences on the night which epitomised the Sky Blues’ horror month, as the midfielder’s performance even caught the attention of the opposition coach.

Infamous for his unapologetic honesty in past press conferences, which included saying that Adelaide United “didn’t create anything” from a 2-2 draw earlier in the season, the former City defender and head coach Patrick Kisnorbo unsurprisingly gave little credit to the home side in his post-match assessments.

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“They did dominate possession, Ninkovic had a chance, but besides that, it was one of those hard-fought games,” he said.

“We need to improve the performance, yes, we need to work hard and learn, yes, we need to follow our processes, yes, but we put that aside, I think.

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The players deserve a bit of credit, their character was phenomenal.

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The Melbourne side will complete another short turnaround on Wednesday, coming up against a tenth-placed Perth Glory, whilst the Sky Blues will be eager to make amends in front of goal and snap their winless streak against a depleted Western Sydney Wanderers in the Sydney derby next week.

Feature Image Credit: Ngau Kai Yan

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Jimmy Alexander
Jimmy Alexander
Covering Sydney FC for the 2021/22 A-League season. Studying a Bachelor of Sports Media (Journalism) at Charles Sturt University.

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