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Jan 30, 2007

Sydney FC aiming to outflank Jets

Sydney FC believes it has found a major chink in Newcastle's armour and will look to exploit the Jets out wide in Friday's A-League minor semi-final return leg at EnergyAustralia Stadium.

Newcastle must win the clash to progress to the preliminary final and the Sydneysiders feel capable of countering any ambitious attacking raids.

"They play a similar style to us, probably the only thing is that their wingers don't do as much defending as ours," Sydney FC forward Alex Brosque said.

"Ours work a lot harder and that could be their downfall where we will try to exploit them down the wings, their wingers don't drop back.

"That gives a lot of space for (David) Carney and (Robbie) Middleby and even our right and left backs to push up, that could be the main thing where we have it over them at the moment."

The reigning champions hold a one-goal edge heading into the clash and have held the wood over the Jets during the opening two A-League seasons.

Newcastle finished the stronger in Sydney FC's 2-1 opening leg win last Friday night at Aussie Stadium but captain Mark Rudan said there was plenty of run left in his side.

"There is still a lot of gas left in that tank of ours, we love that type of game, we love going into a game where everything is against us," he said.

"We have done it in the past, it has been a hard season I am not going to say it hasn't been, but through adversity you gain a lot of strength and this side is very strong both physically and mentally and particularly the latter because I think finals football is all about the latter."

He felt the experience within the side was a clear advantage at finals time.

"We have the luxury of knowing that we have players who have played in front of big crowds and in those types of atmosphere where everyone is going against us," he said.

"There is a real resolve about our side, there is a lot of hard work that has gone into this side and the experienced players and the younger guys have stood up, we have done it in the past and we will do it again."

The Sydneysiders head to Newcastle on Thursday for a training run at EnergyAustralia Stadium.