Sydney FC's indiscipline costly: Farina
Sydney FC coach Frank Farina fears his side's indiscipline on the road could cost them an A-League finals spot ahead of a final-round crunch match against Brisbane on Thursday.
The Sky Blues snapped Western Sydney's record 10-match winning streak in the teams' controversial 1-1 draw on Saturday at Parramatta Stadium but with Sydney's finals hopes still up in the air, Farina was left to lament the one that got away.
The former Socceroos mentor said he felt his side was well in control of the contest, leading 1-0 until captain Brett Emerton was red carded for a clumsy challenge on Shannon Cole in the 69th minute.
"Again I put the point forward that we have struggled in away games because we have got red cards," Farina said.
"Whether that is down to our ill discipline or poor refereeing it's not good enough and we have to improve that particularly next season and for whatever remains of this season for us.
"The last six or seven away games we have got seven or eight red cards and the record shows you struggle to win games when that is the case."
An Alessandro Del Piero 34th minute goal for the visitors after a terrible defensive error from Wanderers stand-in captain Nikolai Topor-Stanley, was matched by a sublime Cole free kick in the 69th minute.
Against a Wanderers side missing a number of key personnel including captain Michael Beauchamp, Sydney were up to the challenge against the league leaders.
There was little they could do about Cole's equaliser but a brave 10-man Sydney denied a fast-finishing Wanderers a number of chances in the final 20 minutes.
The Wanderers were not reduced to 10-men until injury time when Iacopo La Rocca was red carded for striking Terry Antonis.
Sydney face what amounts to a must-win game against defending champions Brisbane Roar if they are to keep their season alive.
"I said a while ago that I believed the final make up of fifth and sixth places would come down to the final round and it will," Farina said.
Sky Blues centre half Lucas Neill (hamstring) was replaced at halftime and Farina said the Socceroos captain is a 50-50 proposition for the trip to Brisbane.