Western Sydney Wanderers coach Tony Popovic concedes it is a challenge balancing A-league and AFC Champions League commitments.
A goal to each team on either side of halftime saw the F3 Derby drawn by the Newcastle Jets and Central Coast Mariners.
Central Coast Mariners came from behind to draw 1-1 with Newcastle Jets, denying them a return to the A-League's top six and an F3 derby win.
Ange Postecoglou has denounced Western Sydney's active support group as "juvenile idiots" and called for lifetime bans for those involved.
Sydney FC know the pressure is on ahead of the A-League's final Big Blue of regular season -- they're just not the ones carrying the load.
Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat is refusing to give up hope his side can chase down Sydney FC at the top of the A-League ladder.