Crawley: Janjetovic can get even better

Sydney FC goalkeeping coach John Crawley has praised the performances of Vedran Janjetovic and believes the shot-stopper can get better.

Crawley, who has helped developed the likes of Mat Ryan, Danny Vukovic and Adam Federici in the past, joined the Sky Blues from the Mariners in July last year.

This season Janjetovic has recorded seven cleansheets from 17 appearances, with Sydney FC on average conceding just one goal per game, the lowest in the A-League.

The 28-year old has established himself as the club’s undisputed number one goalkeeper and has played every match for the Sky Blues in 2015/2016.

“The last couple of weeks I’ve been really impressed with what he’s been doing,” Crawley told FourFourTwo. 

“I think time is a what’s necessary to develop goalkeepers and he needs a little bit of time to really show his true potential. He’s on the way up and he’s been showing really good signs, particularly of late. 

“He’s a bit more composed, he makes better decisions and he’s starting to be a real presence behind our back four, which is what we need.

“I’m really satisfied where he’s come from at the beginning of the season I think, but I think given more time with him he’s only going to get a lot, lot better.”

Janjetovic was born in Zagreb but moved to Australia at a young age.

He started his career at NPL clubs Sydney Olympic and Sydney United before a brief spell with NK Bjelovar in Croatia.

The keeper joined Sydney FC’s youth team in 2008 before returning to Sydney United a year later, and then had brief spells with both Brisbane Roar and Melbourne Heart.

Janjetovic rejoined the Sky Blues in 2012 and made his A-League debut that year, securing a cleansheet in a 0-0 draw with Heart.

Over the past three and a half seasons he has made 90 appearances, conceding 120 goals and claiming 24 cleansheets.

Sydney FC, which currently sit in fifth place on the ladder, has the meanest defence in the A-League and Crawley believes Janjetovic has played an important role in that.

“Our defence as a whole has been a testament,” the 43-year old said. 

“It’s a testament to the back four and goalkeeper who have kept these clean sheets. While we’ve lacked a little bit of firepower up front, we’re always strong there at the back.

“The boys have done really well and Vedran’s a big part of that. Long may it continue I guess.”