SYDNEY FC Head Coach Graham Arnold has challenged his squad to overcome any distractions threatening to derail Sydney FC’s domestic dominance.
The Sky Blues suffered their first Hyundai A-League loss at Allianz Stadium since April 2016 as Brisbane Roar snatched a 2-1 win on Saturday night.
“This is now the time where people need to step up,” Arnold said after the match.
“I’m the first one to look in the mirror and say it’s myself and drive these boys forward.
“Of course they’re hurting at the moment. But it’s not a lack of effort, their effort is fantastic.
“The focus is on the concentration and discipline and making sure everyone does their jobs.”
Arnold conceded the same issues were to blame for his side’s worrisome set-piece problem, which has seen their defence exposed on multiple occasions in recent weeks.
“We work on them in training. It’s concentration and focus,” the Sydney FC coach said.
“We had enough chances to win the game, but set-pieces are a big part of modern football and you need to be switched on all the time.
“The first one especially was very disappointing.”
Sydney FC face Central Coast Mariners away from home on Saturday, with the Sky Blues’ next home match against Adelaide United on Sunday, April 8.
Sydney FC W-League trio in Matildas squad for Asian Cup campaign
THREE of Sydney FC’s W-League stars have been selected in the Matildas final 23-player squad for next month’s 2018 AFC Women’s Asian Cup in Jordan, plus next Monday’s international
friendly match against Thailand at NIB Stadium in Perth.
Lisa De Vanna, Chloe Logarzo and Caitlin Cooper were all selected following a stellar 2017/18 Westfield W-League season for the Sky Blues, and head into camp this Monday 19 March.
The Matildas will commence a two-week preparatory camp in Western Australia as they sharpen their focus towards Jordan 2018 – a tournament which will also serve as Asia’s qualification process for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup which will be held in France.
The Matildas will play Japan, Korea Republic and Vietnam in Group B of the 2018 AFC Women’s Asian Cup. The top five teams at the tournament will qualify for the 2019 FIFA Women’s group will advance to the semi-final stage.
Recently the Westfield Matildas finished fourth at the 12-team Algarve Cup in Portugal despite missing numerous key players due to injury.