Sydney FC coach Frank Farina is hoping his side’s big derby win gives his team the momentum they need to get through their tough run to the finals.
It was a momentous win on a huge stage, one that Sydney FC coach Frank Farina hopes propels his charges through their tough run to the A-League finals.
The Sky Blues beat fierce rivals Western Sydney 3-1 in front of over 40,000 people at Allianz Stadium on Saturday to win the heated derby for the first time in 18 months.
The victory however, has been overshadowed by claims from Sydney midfielder Ali Abbas he was culturally and religiously abused during the match.
The club is set to investigate these claims in the coming days but Farina is solely focused on preparing his charges for their final matches of the season.
Saturday was the first time Sydney had won a match this season after going behind, as they piled on three unanswered goals in the action-packed second half to seal victory.
The win lifted the Sky Blues to fourth on the table and couldn’t have come at a better time with only five games remaining ahead of the finals.
Sydney next host top-placed Brisbane, followed by away clashes to a red-hot Adelaide and an always dangerous Melbourne Victory in what will be season-defining encounters.
Asked if he thought the derby win would give his side the momentum they need to get through these difficult matches Farina said: “I hate answering that one because every time I do it seems to backfire.
“I’d like to think so. Wins always give you that confidence and especially winning the derby.
“We’re not the only ones, everyone’s got a difficult run home.
“We’re playing teams in the six and every week that six can change. So the more points you bank the better.
“I keep saying to the players there’s not magic wand, there’s no secret formula it’s a matter of working hard.”
Despite the inconsistent campaign Sydney have had so far they now sit just one win away from second place.
Frustrated fans were left calling for Farina’s head just weeks ago and the embattled mentor doesn’t expect the club’s current position will alleviate any pressure on him.
“Everyone keeps talking about Sydney and, fortunately or unfortunately, I’m the coach of Sydney at the moment,” he said.
“We’re the biggest target in the league because we’re one of the biggest clubs and we seem to cop the most.
“But I can guarantee you one thing myself, the CEO, the chairman, the club and the players – we’re tough.
“You can throw as much crap at us as you like but we’ll just keep fighting.”