Sydney FC custodian Vedran Janjetovic has enjoyed a remarkable form turn-around keeping three clean sheets since his howler in the derby and he puts it down to not dwelling on it.
The 27-year-old stopper punched a high ball into his own net to leave the Sky Blues trailing 2-0 in the derby last month, before a stunning revival saw them win 3-2.
The theme of turn-arounds has spread to Janjetovic’s recent form, saving a late penalty in a 2-0 win over Central Coast and making a host of fine blocks in last weekend’s goalless draw with Adelaide United.
Janjetovic copped criticism for the mistake from Sydney supporters, but has gone some way to winning them back in recent weeks.
“(Coping with criticism) is harder than it seems,” Janjetovic told FourFourTwo. “It comes down to the individual.
“I was able to throw it in the back of my mind. We didn’t even speak about it.
“Every player will make a mistake on the pitch at some stage, but goalkeepers are the most crucial ones. Every mistake you make gets scrutinized.
“It’s not something that I dwell on. It’s not something that I look back on and think about and get emotional about.
“It happened but it’s gone now. I’ve put it in the back of my mind and I haven’t looked back since.
“Three clean sheets says a lot to everyone out there and hopefully this weekend can be number four.”
Next up for Janjetovic and the Sky Blues is the Big Blue against Melbourne Victory, with both sides flying early in the campaign.
The Croatia-born shot-stopper was confident Sydney could knock off their rivals, who’ve scored 14 goals in five games, while the Sky Blues have only shipped three in the same number of matches.
“You’d like to think you can keep anyone out,” Janjetovic said.
“But three clean sheets in a row has been massive. It’s a big confidence booster for the boys in the backline.
“We’ve chopped and changed in the last few games. I’m confident we can get out there and get the win.”
Janjetovic, who has been with the Sky Blues since 2012, was full of praise for new coach Graham Arnold and his impact on the side’s defence.
The ex-Sydney United keeper has played under Ian Crook, caretaker Steve Corica, Frank Farina and now Arnold at the club.
“He’s big on the culture. He’s changed that dramatically compared to what it was like a few years back,” Janjetovic said.
“He’s brought everyone closer, we’re much more united than ever. The boys work for each other and back each other up.
“We’ve got a different dimension to our game and we try a few different things. Everyone is getting used to that.”comments