Sydney FC look to build on breakthrough

by AAP on Jan 22, 2012

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Sydney FC captain Terry McFlynn believes one small step for Sydney FC could be a giant confidence booster in the run to the A-League finals.

The Sky Blues earned a badly-need victory and their first in seven matches with a come-from-behind 2-1 defeat of Gold Coast at the Sydney Football Stadium on Sunday night.

Goals to Karol Kisel and Bruno Cazarine ended a frustrating run of results for the Sky Blues and kept them clinging on to a spot in the top six for the time being.

Sydney had declared the match "like a grand final" in the build-up and McFlynn wants to take a similar mentality in Thursday night's clash with Melbourne Victory and beyond.

"Tonight was a small step forward for us and we have to approach every game with that attitude and mentality," McFlynn said.

"We've been playing well in recent weeks and not getting the results and this is great for our confidence.

"We've been renowned this season for coming from behind and keeping on going until the 90th minute and we've got 9 or 10 games now to get ourselves in a position for finals and keep it going."

Sydney marquee star Brett Emerton overcame an ankle problem to take part in the win, delivering a strong performance and coach Vitezslav Lavicka said he would be fit to face the Victory.

The Sky Blues weren't along in coming from behind with pacesetters Central Coast scoring a thrilling 3-2 win over Adelaide at Bluetongue Stadium on Saturday night to extend their competition lead to 11 points.

Left back Josh Rose netted a late winner, before declaring the Mariners were full of belief they could go one better then their runner-up finish last year.

"We've had the belief in the team right from the start of the season when things weren't going well," Rose said.

"It's been a tough week and we were still able to pick up points ... belief is very high at the moment."

Defending champions Brisbane Roar remain in second after striker Besart Berisha overcame an eventful week and a penalty miss to score an equaliser in a 1-1 draw away to Melbourne Heart.

Wellington continued their rise up the ladder, moving into third spot with a 1-0 win away to Newcastle on Friday night.

In Sunday's late match, Perth Glory defeated Melbourne Victory 4-1 with Shane Smeltz scoring a brace of goals for the hosts Glory.

Victory striker Danny Allsopp was given a straight red card for what the referee determined to be a dangerous challenge in the 77th minute.