Sydney defeat offers key learnings for Macarthur coach Dwight Yorke

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Macarthur FC’s 3-2 defeat to Sydney FC was a match that saw several factors run against the Bulls. The frustration of an early penalty call against the side was coupled with a lengthy VAR review seeing Jonathan Aspropatamitis’ yellow card upgraded to a red.

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Despite the match’s challenges, Yorke said he learned a lot about his players on Saturday night. 

“I’m very new into the management arena, but this is incredible to see my players’ reaction”, he said.

“That ‘never say die’ attitude. I see the fight. I see the characters with my players, that’s from a manager’s standpoint very encouraging.

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“You look at their eyes and listen to them in the dressing room. There’s a huge disappointment there because they felt they could’ve actually gotten something from the game.”

Aspropatamitis’ send-off prompted a triple change from Yorke at halftime, including taking off winger and captain on the night Craig Noone. It’s a decision the coach explained he could’ve looked at differently.

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“At the end of the day, I try to do the best for the team,” he explained. 

“As a manager, you live and learn, and you die by the sword.

“Craig was extremely fantastic first half and put in that magnificent cross for us to get that equaliser.

“I’ve made a decision, and I’m sure Craig won’t take it personally although he will be disappointed which I expect.”

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This was Yorke’s first defeat as a coach and Macarthur’s first of the 2022/23 season. The former Manchester United forward will see how his players respond against Wellington Phoenix in round five. 

“It’s a new thing of this team. We haven’t experienced that, and now we are going to dust ourselves down and let’s see how we react in the next game,” he said.

“We’ll have a chat about ourselves and try to pick the lads up. It’s my job to make sure we do that and show that the disappointment will go away in a few days and then we go out and refocus.”

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Feature Image Credit: Macarthur FC

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