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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 22 November 2014
32 Page 28 SPORT Papas dominating the coaching world SATURDAY 22 NOVEMBER 2014 Page 29 Greek Essendon board candidate fi ghts for members ISSN 1321-1676 9 771321 167062 ‘Keep the faith’ As ‘little details’ constricted the Socceroos from a win, the team and coach implore Australian fans to keep the faith Despite the goalies getting a work-out at Sydney FC and Melbourne Victory’s match, the two clubs weren’t able to nab a win. PHOTO: AAP/DAN HIMBRECHTS. Back to business With international duty over, round seven of the A-League is back to its normal self. Melbourne City will take on an undefeated Sydney FC in tonight’s blockbuster Most eyes might have been on the Besart Berisha grudge match between his current and former club last night, but for A-League fans, an impending Sydney Melbourne match will have them roaring again. Sydney FC, who have just signed Greek Australian young-gun Terry Antonis for two more years, will take on a resurging Melbourne City. City are two matches without a loss, and showed they are well able to fend off tough competition when they drew 2-2 against Central Coast Mariners last week. They have moved on from the news that Argentine midfielder Jonatan Germano will be out for the season and signed Liam Miller as an injury replacement player this week after he helped them in their Mariners match. Like their opponents, Syd- ney FC have to deal with a season-ending injury for impressive striker Corey Gameiro, who shattered his ACL during international duty. They will at least get marquee man Marc Janko and Antonis back to star in the line up this week. Sydney FC are still on equal points with Melbourne Victory after their huge match ended in a 0-0 draw, showing no side is ready to concede. Sky Blues coach Graham Arnold said it was a great match overall considering the changes both teams had to make to deal with international duty call-up. "I wasn't happy with the first half yet we could have scored three goals. The second half was much better. It was a good, exciting game for the fans, heart attack stuff for the coaches, lots of chances and end to end football," he says. "They had chances and we had ours but the most positive thing is that's four clean sheets in a row." Travelling to AAMI Park this week, the Sky Blues will be confident of bringing home a win. It's been a busy week for the Western Sydney Wanderers, who were playing catch up when they took on the Mariners on Wednesday. They have another match today that could give them desperately needed points to work up towards finals material. They got their first point of the season with the draw, and are in good stead to grab more as they take on an underperforming Newcastle Jets. The Jets have only two points to show for their six games so far and were smashed 4-0 by bottom dwellers Brisbane Roar last week. While they'll be keen to get back on the horse, the current AFC Champions League title holders will have some energy in reserve for their home match. Second on the ladder, and playing some of the best foot- ball of the season, Adelaide United will finish proceedings when they take on the Mariners. Undefeated all season, United were able to pick up another three points at the last minute to boost them one point shy of top spot. Sergio Cirio snatched the win at the 94th minute with a deflection from close range. The Reds will have a bit of fun with their match this week, with the knowledge they ousted the Mariners from the FFA Cup. United and Perth Glory are the only ones still standing at the FFA Cup, mimicking their standings in the A-League and showing they are indeed the best in the country at the moment. The Glory have an easy match to keep their ladder position safe, as they take on fifth placed Wellington Phoenix at home. At least for Phoenix coach Ernie Merrick, he'll have several players back from New Zealand international duty, but will need more to supplement a tough travel schedule on top of that. If their almost draw last week is anything to go by, Perth Glory should be wary. Tim Cahill has scored nine of the total 13 goals for the Socceroos under Postecoglou. PHOTO: AAP/LUKAS COCH. now you can... enjoy unrestricted news content, full articles and classifi eds at your fi ngertips. Subscribe to the digital edition or purchase a single copy for just $1.99. www.neoskosmos.com/digital The Australian media have been quick to sentence Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou's reign the worst of any Socceroos coach ever, and as the nation's collective disappointment reaches new heights, its hard to keep the faith. But that's exactly what star striker Tim Cahill has implored the country to do in the build-up to the Asian Cup in January. "Australia just has to believe in what we're trying to do. At home, in Melbourne, Sydney, we'll have 40,000, everyone will be cheering us on and it will be a different story," Cahill says. "These chances will turn into goals." On Tuesday, the Socceroos left their last international friendly before the Cup defeated, with Japan getting two goals past Australia's one. Coach Postecoglou admitted little details were the team's undoing. "We had an excellent first half and even at the start of the second we were looking really good and comfortable, then we conceded the goal and it gave them the momentum and a little bit of belief. "It was positive but ultimately we can't defend like that at set pieces. It's alright getting that part of the game right then being let down by the details. "The players worked hard, the football was good but when those details are missing you pay the price." Postecoglou chose to keep Tim Cahill on the bench and favour an attacking trio of Greek Australian James Troisi, Robbie Kruse and Mathew Leckie. While they showed promise, they struggled to create enough chances, which forced Postecoglou to unleash Cahill in the dying minutes of the game. The decision worked wonders, as Cahill scored the team's only goal, even if it was too late. The reliance on Cahill has been worrying for the Socceroos, and Postecoglou would be the first to admit it. Under Postecoglou, Australia have scored 13 goals. Cahill has nine of them. Postecoglou will now consider his team's make up for the Cup as he sends off his players to their respective clubs. No position is safe on his squad, and Postecoglou has made it clear that players without game time will be the first to be left behind. The Socceroos are currently rated 94th in the world, the lowest ranking the team has recorded in its history. Postecoglou's balance sheet is two wins, two draws and eight losses.
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