Sydney FC defender Matthew Jurman says there’s no “special formula” for the Sky Blues’ remarkable unbeaten away record this A-League season.
The fifth-placed Sky Blues made the long journey to Perth on Thursday afternoon ahead of a crucial Friday night encounter against Glory, which could make or break their premiership push.
Sydney’s remaining three regular season fixtures are on the road, including another long-haul trip to Wellington, but that shouldn’t worry the Sky Blues who have a league-best 7-4-0 record away from home with 24 goals for and only 10 against this term.
The Sky Blues’ road record is so good, that on a hypothetical away ladder they’d be four points clear with a game in hand of the next best, Wellington Phoenix and Adelaide United.
They’ve also collected nine points more away from home than they have at Allianz Stadium, despite having played twice more at home.
“It’s a bit of a mystery,” Jurman told FourFourTwo. “We’ve been getting the results and that’s the main thing for us.
“There’s no special formula. We go away with the same game plan that we do at home.
“We just seem to come away with the results on the road.”
Sydney have stuck to their routine of travelling the day before a game, despite the time differences faced on away trips to Perth and Wellington, where they recorded 3-1 and 3-0 victories respectively this season.
“We’ve done that all season, maybe that’s the method to fly the day before the game,” Jurman said.
“That’s how it’s been all year, it doesn’t matter if it’s Perth or Wellington. It’s always the same.”
Jurman has enjoyed a good run in the Sydney first team lately, starting the club’s last six matches after injury and illness curtailed his early season progress.
The 25-year-old defender was left bed-ridden and behind the eight ball in terms of fitness after an illness earlier in the campaign.
“I’ve come through a lot this season in terms of injury and sickness,” Jurman said.
“I’m just glad to be back on the pitch, out of all the hospitals – it’s a great feeling to be back in the team while we’re doing well.”
Despite missing a chunk of the first-half of the season, Jurman brushed aside any worries about his fitness coming into the finals.
“It takes a while to get your fitness back and the sharpness,” he said. “It doesn’t just come back overnight.
“I worked hard to get all that back. Getting games each week under your belt, you can’t get much better preparation for the rest of the season.
“This run of games has helped me a lot. I’m really happy with the progress I’ve made since being out.
“The first couple of games I was a bit tired afterwards but now I feel like I can last a game quite easily.”comments