Sydney FC supporters, have some faith

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    All I read on Twitter during the game Sunday night against the Melbourne Heart was people putting Sydney FC and their performance down.

    They won 2-1 and yet not many seemed to be happy until well after an hour when the positive feedback seemed to grow a bit.

    Before then it was mostly things like, “The performance wasn’t good enough.” “The win just covers the cracks.” “They’re still sh*t.”

    This isn’t what Sydney needs, especially from their fans. Now I’m not going to say that it was the best performance, because they made some sloppy play. But some of the play was amazing.

    Del Piero’s cross to seal the winner was spectacular; world-class. Their last 10 minutes were pretty damn good. They showed the fight, the courage and the will to win. And they have been getting better every game.

    ‏Last week Sydney came back twice to draw 2-2 with Perth. A good result for the team showing they still have the potential and the fight in them to compete in the A-League.

    They backed that up with Sunday night’s 2-1 win over the Heart. You can’t say, “@SydneyFC you are the worst team I have seen playing in the @ALeague in a long time” when they draw against Perth and picked up a win the following week.

    And then I saw a tweet that surprised me because it came from someone I know is a pretty loyal supporter: “Emerton, Fabio and Adam Griffiths, I think you guys need to reacquaint yourselves with the transfer market.”

    Now I’m pretty sure one of these guys scored the equaliser against the Heart. I mean, sure, Emerton hasn’t been playing the full 90 minutes at his potential, but he still shows often enough what he can do. And that isn’t what Sydney need anyway.

    Sydney needs stability within the club to help sort out its problems. Not, “They need to sell everyone and get a new squad totally, with a decent coach (Arnold) #SYDvMH,” as one tweeter stated.

    Sydney needs the support of its fans now more than ever. They need the encouragement and some positive engagement, something that makes the coach and players happy. Tell them they are doing something right.

    And I think winning is doing something right, so congratulate them for it and give some positive criticism and not foul abuse. That won’t help your club get back to the top.

    One person tweeted something that I half agree with” “Sydney winning cannot mask the huge problems they have.” That is true, we should not forget that Sydney FC still have problems, but them winning can help put them back on the right track.

    It should show Sydney supporters that their club still can win. That their club is starting to change for the better. That the people inside the club are starting to do things right.

    Hopefully next Saturday Sydney supporters will turn up to cheer their team on, believing that they might have it in them to beat Wellington. Something that I believe they can.

    I would love to see a crowd above 20,000 at that match. A sea of sky blue singing and chanting would be amazing. This could be the comeback of Sydney FC.

    Now Sydney supporters, it’s up to you. Are you going to embrace your club and help keep their momentum going? Are you going to turn up in your tens of thousands to support your club against Wellington Phoenix next week? Well, I hope you do!

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    • January 15th 2013 @ 4:33am
      Frank Bellissimo said | January 15th 2013 @ 4:33am | ! Report

      You just have to see the frustration at the stadium during the last Sydney game. The comments by some fans were pretty ruthless, aimed at a player that made an error or at Frank Farina. But this goes on around the world all the time. The fact is, the fans are there because they still have strong belief in Sydney FC. It’s still sorting itself out. There’s an uneasy feeling about the performance and high levels of anxiety and pressure in the team that is visible but something is unmistakeable- we don’t give up and put our heads down like we did earlier in the season. There seems to be leadership in the team now. And let’s not forget, Frank wanted another kickass defender, and for some red-taped reason, he couldn’t get one. So there’s still something missing. There’s a lot of talk about the distraction of bringing in the marquee causing destabilisation in the club at a critical time when it needed to gel together in earlier rounds, and this may be a factor, but Alessandro Del Piero has had a fantastic effect on the game as a whole which is unprecedented, and the benefits outweigh the cost. There are great expectations on him and on the game, but they are all human. But look at how they bounced back, notwithstanding many glimpses of excellence during the course of the game, which were overlooked by the pundits. This fighting spirit will bring inspiration and belief to make them contenders in the finals and I wish all the players well. This belief in the players will fill the gap. The 12th man, the supporters of Sydney FC, will help us crack the winning goal.

    • January 15th 2013 @ 8:19am
      Qantas supports Australian Football said | January 15th 2013 @ 8:19am | ! Report

      There may be a bit more pain still coming our way at SFC, but what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger… SFC is at the precipice of a team resurgence—you all saw that from the 80th min against the Heart on Sunday.. I’m looking forward to a big finish to the season from here on end.

    • January 15th 2013 @ 9:39am
      Panto said | January 15th 2013 @ 9:39am | ! Report

      Every Sydney FC supporter who paid for tickets or a season membership and even those who pay for Foxtel subscription to watch the game at home is entitled to their opinion. The outrage and harsh comments act as feedback for a club. Sydney FC’s players were woefull individually and collectivelly they failed at almost every level, but were simply fortunate they were playing against a Melborune Heart side that is low on qaulity and out of form.

      For a Marquee Player who spent the best part of the last decade in the EPL, Emerton underperformed and was extremely fortunate to score. Replays show his shot was almost straight at the keeper and he lost sight of the ball at one stage and only managed to get the shot away after spending way too much time on the ball. More telling is the footage that highlights his glaring miss when an open net beckoned for a simple tap in.

      • January 15th 2013 @ 11:06am
        mice said | January 15th 2013 @ 11:06am | ! Report

        As a Heart supporter this was my first away game and I must admit I was very impressed with the passion of the Sydney supporters. I think that the crowd was pretty good for a rainy Sunday evening and also bottom team v Heart, who are the least supported club.
        I wouldn’t get too excited about beating Heart though, as they have shown too often that even if they are three up at half time they sit back and invite the opposition to attack in the second half.
        Heart were missing some key players but still no excuse for trying to hold out a team when your defence has shown time after time that they are not good enough to do that.
        I thought Cullina was the best for Sydney and probably best on the ground. Emerton was very disappointing, probably should play more defensive.

      • January 15th 2013 @ 7:10pm
        Titus said | January 15th 2013 @ 7:10pm | ! Report

        Fortunate to score? He made a clever run, controlled first time beautifully, made a neat little turn inside, beat three defenders and drilled the ball home, how is that fortunate?

        He also provided the goal for the win against Wellington and an assist to help get a point against Perth.

        Sure he is underperforming for the money he is on but lets be realistic and not let it snowball into an irrational hatred ala John Aloisi 2009.

    • January 15th 2013 @ 9:52am
      Sky Blue Ram said | January 15th 2013 @ 9:52am | ! Report

      The only win we’ve had where i thought we looked good was against the Mariners. The reason why people are saying we are papering over the cracks is because we are. What is the point in saying we are great when we aren’t.

      We might get better with Griffiths and a whole load of confidence but up until now we have been pretty awful. Saying that SFC are my team, thick and thin, onwards and upwards.

      Golden rule in football. THERE IS ALWAYS NEXT WEEK 😉

      • January 15th 2013 @ 11:35am
        Dave said | January 15th 2013 @ 11:35am | ! Report

        Spot on comment Sky Blue Ram. Agree with every word of this.

    • January 15th 2013 @ 10:18am
      Garcia said | January 15th 2013 @ 10:18am | ! Report

      The problem for Sydney Hakoah is they never really connected to the Sydney football supporter base in their 7 years in the A-League prior to the introduction of WSW. Sure with a marquee player and good results they can draw a crowd but it would seem that they don’t have a loyal following beyond 4000 supporters. Sydney Hakoah are very lucky that ADP came down for this season otherwise we would probably see crowds lower than 9000 like the last 2 seasons.

      • January 15th 2013 @ 10:20am
        Garcia said | January 15th 2013 @ 10:20am | ! Report

        Sorry I meant Sydney FC not Sydney Hakoah 😉 basically the same club.

        • January 15th 2013 @ 10:26am
          Sky Blue Ram said | January 15th 2013 @ 10:26am | ! Report

          Booooorrrriiiiinnnnnggggg.

        • January 15th 2013 @ 10:37am
          Nathan of Perth said | January 15th 2013 @ 10:37am | ! Report

          They’re really not 😛

      • January 15th 2013 @ 11:27am
        Bumps said | January 15th 2013 @ 11:27am | ! Report

        Last years Sydney FC average crowd was close to 12k. And being a former Marconi supporter the constant connection back to Sydney City (yes I know the history) is ridiculous. Next…..

      • January 15th 2013 @ 5:10pm
        Ross said | January 15th 2013 @ 5:10pm | ! Report

        Hakoah are still playing in the premier league if you want to go watch them, maybe your WSW owner, Frank Lowey, you know the guy that started your club WSW can get you some tickets!

        As to all the people with the negative comments, no one is forcing you to follow any team, do it with your heart or stay home….even better go support the Lowey Wanderers

      • January 15th 2013 @ 7:05pm
        Titus said | January 15th 2013 @ 7:05pm | ! Report

        How have we only got 4 000 loyal supporters when when we have never drawn a crowd that low in our entire existence?

        The SFC game also had twice the amount of viewers on foxtel as the Sydney Croatia……I mean NRMAWSW game, it can’t all be down to the fact that their fans can’t afford foxtel, can it?

    • January 15th 2013 @ 11:33am
      striker said | January 15th 2013 @ 11:33am | ! Report

      Bumps gotta agree but we need to have banter in football to keep the rivalry.

      • January 15th 2013 @ 11:46am
        Bumps said | January 15th 2013 @ 11:46am | ! Report

        Yeah I agree, but there is smart and witty banter and “banter” 🙂

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