After failing to win in the last seven games and falling out of the top six, defender Seb Ryall admitted that Sydney FC are not happy with their position on the table and getting a win against Wellington this weekend is the team’s sole focus.
The last time the Sky Blues won was in the Sydney Derby away to the Western Sydney Wanderers in round 15.
So Sydney FC will be anxious to get back to winning ways against Wellington after Perth Glory took their place in the top six last weekend.
In their previous two encounters against the Phoenix Sydney have drawn twice.
While Wellington maybe be lower on the table than Sydney FC they can at least lay claim to the fact they have won two games in the last four outings – which came against Western Sydney Wanderers and Melbourne City.
The problem for the Phoenix has been their away form, winning only two games on the road all season while Sydney have won just four of their ten home games.
With finals spots up on the line Ryall admitted that the Sky Blues are not happy with their current situation.
“There is five games left this season and we are not in a position where we would like to be,” he said.
“We’d like to be up much higher in the league. Seven teams are pushing for the championship and you couldn’t rule out any of the seven that are there at the moment.
“We’ve got to get a win this weekend and move forward. It’s a good opportunity we are at home we are playing in front of our fans and they will definitely give us that lift to win the match. We definitely know what we have to do to get the win.”
During the last encounter with Wellington, Sydney FC were seemingly in a winning position but a lack of concentration late in the game cost the Sky Blues a win. Ryall says that Sydney have to play to the final whistle this time around.
“We’ve been unlucky the last two times we have played them,” he said. “The last match over in Wellington we conceded a penalty and we played quite well. And it just little finer details that have let us down last year and that is something we are focusing on as well.
“That is something we will be definitely looking at this weekend to not just put in a good performance but to play well for whole match. Playing to whole game plan for the whole 90 minutes is extremely vital for us.
After being in contention for a top two spot for large parts of the season any notions of even considering a top four position is not even on the minds of the Sky Blues players.
“I’m not even thinking about that sort of thing at the moment,” Ryall said.
“There is no point looking at that because who knows where we will finish if we win every game.
“Obviously we are going to try and win every match but for us it’s just one match at a time. I can’t tell you how important that is.”
- Con Stamocostas is an Australian football writer. Click here to see more of his work and check out the latest episode of his A-League Snobcast with co-host Rob Toddler.