Coaches reflect – Farina and van Egmond
By Corinthian (Paul Green)
Sydney FC coach Frank Farina was not going to get carried away with his team’s 2-0 win over Newcastle Jets on Saturday night.
“We began slowly and I wasn’t happy with the way we were losing possession so much early on.
“I’ve always maintained that if you are able to string three or four wins together, it can propel you up the table, but the reverse can apply too.
“We’re meeting the Champions next week on their own ground, so that will be another big game for us.
“Despotovic did well. We were always going to give him some time, off the bench, but he had more than we’d planned for after the captain had to come off injured.
“He should be ready to start next week, if he trains well during the week.
“Last time we went to play Central Coast in Gosford we were beaten 7-2 so we will treat them with a lot of respect.
“There’s still quite a way to go this season. I’d say we are about 60 per cent of the way towards what we are looking for.
His Newcastle counterpart Gary Van Egmond acknowledged that the goals his side conceded might have been prevented.
“I thought we played well for most of the match so it was disappointing to let Sydney score the way they did.
“Adam Taggart is still developing, but I was generally pleased with his effort today.
“We’ve got a big game against Victory next week. I saw them play on Friday night and they are playing very well.
2 December, 2013