Thursday, 30 September 2010

Sydney still not Reddy!

Despite a much improved first half showing at the Sydney Football Stadium last night Sydney FC remained on the bottom of the table with a paltry four points.

Scott Jamieson was dropped for last nights 1-1 draw with the Fury; he's stuggled all season in midfield, but it was the front trio of Alex Brosque, Bruno Cazarine and Mark Bridge that gave Sydney the edge in the first half.

This and the fact that the pacy young Fury seemed happy to sit back and chase shadows.

Sydney are not known for their pace, certainly not for their pace in transition, or incisive play this season, but they started brightly with the always energetic Terry McFlynn and Stu Musialik driving the team forward, regularly for once.

Mark Bridge, surely the most under-performing player in the league, playing in his best position just behind the front two, he's got no pace himself, finds space admirably time and time again.

And he can deliver a telling ball. But how many times does his seemingly lazy attitude transfer to a nearly ball, one just too far or not hard enough.

Bridge could create havoc in this role, light up Sydney FC even the A-League but you have to question his desire. He just doesn't seem to want to win enough.

A goal from Shannon Cole, a good one, but you knew Sydney could never maintain the intensity or initiative for 90 minutes.

And the young Fury came back. True Sydney hit the bar through McFlynn as they chased (hmm wrong word) stumbled towards that all important second goal.

Not fit enough?

They couldn't lock the game up. And of course in defence, a defence that has conceded goals in every game, they gave away another team shocker.

Who let Seppuya turn? McFlynn and Cole. Who didn't mark David Williams on the edge of the box? Stuart Musialik Seb Ryall or Stephan Kellar and who isn't the best goalkeeper in the A-League, Liam Never Reddy who failed to deliver with a simple albeit swerving shot straight down the middle of the goal.

Nice one for the Fury.

Sydney showed signs of improvement, again building on from Saturday. If they can keep the score at nil, they can move up the table. But really a team that scores one and always concedes is going to struggle isn't it?

And they have Adelaide (home) Victory and Perth away coming up.

Could be bottom for a while!

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