Sydney Parched By Scoring Drought

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Sydney FC coach Frank Farina is under huge pressure. Image courtesy of perthnow.com.au
It’s always a concern when a chairman gives a coach the dreaded ‘vote of confidence’, but that’s what former Socceroo coach Frank Farina has been delivered after Sydney FC’s shocking start to the season. After an opening night win over Newcastle, the Sky Blues have been in freefall since, dropping three straight games. After a 1-0 defeat in the west against a Perth Glory side with minimal attacking punch, Farina’s side sits far closer to the bottom of the A-League ladder than the top.

Injuries are once again stifling Sydney FC’s progress. Alessandro Del Piero returned against Glory from a calf strain and played 30 minutes, but is still some way off full fitness, while Pedj Bojic is trying to overcome the same injury. Ex-captain Terry McFlynn is yet to play this season due to a groin injury while Brett Emerton finally got on the field last week after he was plagued by back issues throughout the first month of the campaign. Peter Triantis and Terry Antonis are long-term injury concerns.

Victory lost its coach when Ange Postecoglou got his national team call-up, but that didn’t stop the Melburnians from rolling on with a 3-2 win over Wellington. After his stunning strike in the 1-0 win over Brisbane Roar, James Troisi followed that up with a double against Phoenix, although Kevin Muscat almost missed out on a win in his first full game in charge with the visitors fighting back from an early 3-0 deficit .

The Big Blue was the A-League’s big derby clash in its infancy, but since Melbourne Heart and Western Sydney’s entrance to the competition, it doesn’t quite have the same level of interest as it used to. Victory won two of the three encounters last season, including a 3-2 triumph at the Sydney Football Stadium last November. 11 of the 24 regular season matches between the big city rivals have ended in draws , and their last match-up was a 1-1 deadlock at the SFS in March.

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