Friday night’s loss to Adelaide saw us slip from third to fifth (on goal difference) in what is turning out to be a very unpredictable, and tightly contested, Hyundai A-League season.
Friday night-s loss to Adelaide saw us slip from third to fifth (on goal difference) in what is turning out to be a very unpredictable, and tightly contested, Hyundai A-League season.
The defeat to the Reds, who are one of the rising forces of the competition, saw us cop some criticism. Make no mistake, the criticism we received will only serve to strengthen the solidarity within the coaching and playing squad, and the Club at large.
Last round the top-of-the-table Brisbane Roar lost to Newcastle Jets who have struggled of late, while Melbourne Heart hammered Wellington in New Zealand to the tune of 5-0. The under fire Sydney FC won at home to Perth, while we lost 2-0 to an Adelaide side who just six weeks ago was languishing low on the ladder.
Like many of the teams this year we have found consistency over a sustained period to be elusive to date.
And while we were all disappointed with the first half performance in Adelaide the spirit shown in the second half once again showed the potential within the team to create chances against some of the best in the league.
Our focus now over the next month is to attempt to find the desired level of consistency required to allow us to compete on two fronts - the Hyundai A-League and 2014 AFC Champions League Group Stage.
The belief within the squad and the staff is that we now have the personnel to mount a challenge on both fronts, and by staying true to our core values of hard work and team unity we can find the level of consistency needed to challenge both domestically and in Asia-s top continental competition.
We look forward to seeing you all at the game this evening (kick-off is at 7:30pm), and hope that you-ll tune in to Fox Sports on Tuesday evening when we face FC Seoul in Korea Republic.
FC Seoul are one of Korea's top clubs, but our players, as always, are excited by the challenge and opportunity to represent the Central Coast and Australia in the Asian Champions League.