Sydney’s ‘stepping stone’ after first home win of the season

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It’s still early days for the Sky Blues on their journey up to the top of the ladder, but their victory over Melbourne City could be seen as the most crucial moment of the season yet.

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Prior to last night’s clash, City sat undefeated at the top of the table and were looking to take home a comfortable win over an eighth place Sydney FC. Going into the match, the odds seemed to be in Melbourne’s favour, but unfortunately for them, the home side had been finessing their knack for teamwork over the break.

Sydney FC head coach, Steve Corica, was highly impressed with his team after their first home win of the season.

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“I felt that there was a real connection between the players,” Corica said.

“City are at the top of the table for a reason, they’re a fantastic team, so there’s a lot of confidence that comes out of this.

“We stopped them tonight.”

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Corica’s relief after moving out of the bottom five and into the top four is something that can’t go unnoticed. But he made it very clear that he won’t be letting this first powerful move get to his head, nor the heads of his players.

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“It’s a step-by-step thing, for me the season has only just started, we’ve still got a long way to go.” Corica said.

“To get the first home win is very good for confidence, but we have to remember that it’s just a stepping stone.”

This season, Sydney have had all eyes on the entertainment in their attacking half, with their new imported wingers and clear strategy in attack. The past couple of games had been laced with some flaws in their defence, but Corica believes that Sydney’s defensive performance against Melbourne City was one of their best so far.

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“Defensively, it looked a lot better tonight. We were more compact and narrow, and we made it hard for them to create chances, which was great.” Corica said.

The urgency in the back line was a huge factor behind the Sky Blues managing to secure their 2-1 win.

Despite the tight score line, Sydney FC always looked to be the more determined side of the match. Melbourne City head coach, Rado Vidosic, wasn’t happy with the fight his squad put up.

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“We were second best today,” Vidosic said.

“We didn’t compete, we were not aggressive, and I think Sydney FC deserved the win.”

While there will be a well justified celebration, Sydney’s focus will now be on ensuring that this win announces that the Sky Blues are on their way up in 2022/23.

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Neve McGavock
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Studying a Bachelor of Journalism and Creative Writing at the University of Wollongong. Covering Sydney FC for the 2022/23 season.

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