A bitterly disappointed Frank Farina feels Brisbane is another one that got away after his side failed to capitalise on the Roar being a man down.
A-League fish don’t get much bigger than Brisbane and for Sydney FC coach Frank Farina it was another one that got away.
The Sky Blues had an extra man for the entire second half in Friday’s clash at Allianz Stadium after Brisbane’s most potent attacking weapon, Besart Berisha, was sent off for a two-footed challenge in the 40th minute.
He scored before he left however, putting the Roar in front with Sebastian Ryall levelling for the 1-1 result.
But despite being a man down the Roar still appeared the stronger side, continuing to press and create chances with the Sky Blues’ error-ridden game their undoing.
It was all the more frustrating for Farina when you consider a win would have lifted the Sky Blues to second on the ladder, level with Western Sydney no less, with only four games remaining before the finals.
“We’ll take the point but I feel it was another one that’s gotten away,” a bitterly disappointed Farina said.
It’s true, Sydney were without skipper Alessandro Del Piero (hamstring) and striker Ranko Despotovic (knee) and the lack of creativity in attack was evident.
But it was the errors that cost them.
“The mistakes they were making were just uncharacteristic,” Farina said.
“It’s not deliberate I know but last week there were a lot less of them than this week.
“They should be better and I expect them to be better.”
Things won’t get any easier for Sydney however, as they face Adelaide next week followed by Melbourne Victory in what is a tough run home.
Farina admitted with so much to play for he wasn’t going to risk playing Del Piero on Friday night with the 39-year-old suffering a tight hamstring.
“There was just no point with what we’ve got coming up,” he said.
“If it was a final we probably would have taken a risk but not with the amount of games still to play and what’s at stake.”
Adelaide coach Josep Gombau was a among the 13,073 spectators at Allianz Stadium on Friday with the Spaniard in Sydney for his side’s clash with the Wanderers on Saturday.
Farina admitted the Sky Blues display Gombau witnessed would hardly strike fear into him ahead of their crucial encounter in Adelaide next week.
“He’ll most probably walk away not real afraid to be honest,” he said.
“But that’s another game and there’s pressure for both teams.”