Draw disappoints hopeful Sky Blues coach
Sydney FC vs Melbourne Victory
Sydney's Terry Antonis escapes a tackle Photo: Anthony Johnson
Melbourne Victory coach Ange Postecoglou half-joked that his side should have won 10-5 against Sydney FC and Sky Blues coach Frank Farina said he was disappointed to only come away with a point after Saturday night's 1-1 draw at Allianz Stadium.
"I think we had the weight of the chances. It was a frustrating night for us," Postecoglou said.
"We knew it was going to be a tough game up here – finals-like atmosphere, big crowd and we had some young blokes out there – but I thought we were magnificent tonight and created some great opportunities.
"They had some chances too, from set pieces in particular. We kind of needed a second goal just to kill them off. It was probably the only thing that was lacking in our game tonight. Usually, with the chances we created, we'd score at least one of those."
Postecoglou said the Victory "took the game to them", played from the back every time and got in behind the opposition.
"When you see the one on ones we created tonight, I think it worked pretty well," he said. "We were lacking with just the finishing touch."
Postecoglou was particularly impressed with the mature performance of his team's teenagers and other youngsters, particularly debutant fullback Dylan Murnane, who was brilliant against the likes of Alessandro Del Piero and Brett Emerton. Farina saw the game differently.
"After their goal we were well and truly in the game and in the second half I thought in large periods we dominated," the Sydney coach said. "We got a penalty – we should have had one in the first half as well – and after we missed that I thought we showed good character in coming back. We'll take a point. I thought both sides had good chances throughout the game."
Farina said Del Piero was upset about his mixed performance, but the coach was forgiving.
"He's been wonderful for us," he said. "Tonight he could have had three goals. But it just wasn't to be for him. It happens to the best, as we've seen. But still, I thought he was very effective. On any other given night he could have had a hat-trick."
There might be drama for goalkeeper Vedran Janjetovic, who was dropped after turning up to the game late. "There's no need to discuss it here," Farina said. "It's something for the club, the team and for me."
Sydney FC play the Wanderers at Parramatta Stadium next Saturday and Farina said his side was "still in that dogfight I keep talking about".
"We've improved. We're playing 90 minutes without any problems at the moment. We've come up against a lot of adversity this year and I think the way the players have responded has been fantastic. There's still two games to go and we're still in with a chance."