Sydney FC optimistic for top of the table clash

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Sydney FC’s season has been a rollercoaster so far, with consistency seeming to be just out of reach for most of the way. But, as we come to crunch time, the Sky Blues are sitting on an unbeaten streak of four games, and their confidence is starting to billow.

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Sydney are currently sitting in sixth position on the table. It’s not the safest place to be, but it’s a place where victory could still be theirs to seek. Next week, they will be coming up against a top-of-the-table Melbourne City in a crucial make-or-break battle.

They had won three games in a row until last night’s clash with Brisbane Roar, where they only just managed a draw. Even though the equaliser came late in the game, Steve Corica was nonetheless pleased to be able to take another point, and believes that this will instill his squad’s confidence moving forward.

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“You can see the change in mentality from the players when they don’t lose, and that’s something that we will definitely take into the game next week,” Steve Corica said.

“We know how good City are, but we beat them at home early on in the season and there’s no doubt we can do that again away from home.”

It’s clear that, for Sydney FC, they don’t find it easy to bounce back off a loss, which is why Alex Parsons’ goal against The Roar in the 95th minute was more important than ever. His equaliser meant so much more than just an extra point on the table, it helped to hold onto the confidence which had been slowly built over the past three games and could’ve easily vanished in the blink of an eye.

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In Corica’s eyes, Parsons’ performance off the bench was exactly what he was looking for to spark his team’s overall optimism going into next week’s match.

“I thought Alex was really good and positive when he came on,” Corica said.

“He made lots of good runs in behind and I’m really pleased for him to get the goal against his former club.”

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Corica was also quick to brush aside any doubts coming from the fact that Sydney FC will be losing a number of players for next week. Not only was last night Patrick Yazbek’s last game with the club, but the Young Socceroos will be going away this week which leaves out Adrian Segecic and Jake Girdwood-Reich.

“Obviously we’ll miss them, but we’ve got a number of players who can comfortably fill those spots,” Corica said.

It’s nothing but positivity for the Sky Blues as they prepare for their top of the table clash, and regardless of the ten-point difference between them and Melbourne City, Sydney FC will be looking to adequately extend on their unbeaten streak.

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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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