Luckless Farina urges SydFC troops to lift
Coach Frank Farina has challenged his Sydney FC side to put another luckless week behind them and salvage something from their F3 roadtrip as they attempt to keep their A-League season alive.
Farina has been forced to make five changes to his ailing side to face Newcastle on Saturday, and the former Socceroos mentor said at training on Friday that he expects his charges to rise to the challenge.
"It's certainly had its moments (this season). We are probably five or six down from last week but that is the reality of it - we have to live with it and just get on with it. Every day in football is a challenge," Farina said.
"When you are on a bit of a rollercoaster ride like we have been, it tends to stay that way. We have to continue to keep working hard, take what we have got and keep battling away.
"We will most probably do things a little different this week purely because of the changes we have to make. We will most probably change a few things purely and simply because of what players we don't have available."
Socceroo Brett Emerton (back) has been ruled out of the match against the Jets, against whom Sydney have lost twice already this season. The Sky Blues also are without Yairo Yau to international duty with Panama while defenders Fabio and Tiago Calvano are serving one-match suspensions.
Goalkeeper Ivan Necevski returns from an ankle injury to take Matthew Nash's place on the bench while Terry Antonis, Chris Triantis, Nathan Sherlock, Paul Reid and Aaron Calver have been recalled to Farina's extended 18-man squad.
"We have played them twice this year and lost to them twice. It would be nice to turn that around," Farina said.
"We are going to have to be at our best to get something out of there. If we get anything, I will be very pleased - a win would be exceptional."