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Ryall credits Farina with reviving career

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    Sydney FC defender Sebastian Ryall credits coach Frank Farina with not only reviving the club’s A-League season but with jump-starting his stuttering career.

    The 23-year-old has been with the Sky Blues since 2009 but spending time away with the Olyroos last season made it difficult to cement a first-team spot under Czech coach Vitezslav Lavicka.

    He made the starting line-up just two times last season and played only 15 games all up.

    This year, he’s been a regular starter and featured in all but one match so far.

    Ryall says he has a new lease on life with Farina at the helm.

    “If you compare from last year, it’s been a massive turnaround,” he said after training on Tuesday.

    “I never really got the opportunity to play under Lavicka and it’s been really refreshing to have a new coach come in who has a new attitude towards training and everything.

    “It’s always frustrating to be left out so, when you do get a chance to play, it’s just about enjoying it.”

    Since taking over in round nine, Farina has guided the side to four wins and turned them from a team who, at their lowest point conceded seven goals, into one that managed to reverse the score with a 7-1 thumping of Wellington last week – the club’s biggest win.

    While victory over the bottom-placed Phoenix might not be the biggest of tests, Sydney appear to have come a long way since being humbled 7-2 by Central Coast in November.

    “I’ve got a lot of respect for him (Farina) to come in and turn things around,” Ryall said.

    “We were really struggling … things didn’t look bright.

    “But you just look at training today and everyone’s happy and working hard for him.

    “Things really feel like they’ve turned for the better.

    “He just has a different mentality.

    “He says to us before every game ‘there’s things you can control in a game. You can always run and chase down and tackle’.

    “That’s something we’ve really applied and we’re a much fitter team now as well.

    “Over the Christmas period, we didn’t have a single day off for four weeks and I think that’s really starting to show.”

    The Sky Blues have posted back-to-back wins for the first time since round three and a triumph over Melbourne Victory on Saturday would give them their longest winning steak this season.

    But consistency has eluded Sydney and Ryall feels last week’s result will count for nothing if they can’t back it up.

    “This week is going to be a massive game,” he said.

    “If we lose, then a lot of that work will go out the window so we’re very focused and we’ll definitely be up for this match.

    “It’s Australia Day and it’s the first time Alessandro (Del Piero) will be down in Melbourne so it should be a really good game.”

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    • January 23rd 2013 @ 8:11am
      Qantas supports Australian Football said | January 23rd 2013 @ 8:11am | ! Report

      Sebastian Ryall, finally showing the promise that has brought him to the club. Under Farina, he now looks very sound—hope he goes on developing the way he has been. Young Ryall at 23, has it all in front of him. The last 3 matches under Farina have indeed brought the best out of him… Although Saturday’s match against the MBV will be the acid test for him against some very polished attackers.. I believe it has been announced only yesterday that, AAMI has been officially sold out for this one—what an occasion for the youngster, to again rise to the occasion. Good luck young Ryall, show them you indeed have earned your Sky Blue shirt..

      • January 23rd 2013 @ 10:44am
        KyleCove said | January 23rd 2013 @ 10:44am | ! Report

        For all our youngsters – Yairo, Triantis, Calver, Grant, Powell… I can’t remember a Big Blue that was this massive except for the GF and Premiership decider. Hopefully a big nationwide tv audience with ADP, Culina and Griffo on fire and a full house should be an absolute belter. Cmon you sky blues!

        Ryall you’ve been brilliant of late and keep it up you’ll form the core of our defence for seasons to come alongside Grant. Already becoming legends in my eyes!

        • January 23rd 2013 @ 11:33am
          Qantas supports Australian Football said | January 23rd 2013 @ 11:33am | ! Report

          Yes Kyle—it couldn’t have been stated any better then you have just posted… SFC are back…

    • January 23rd 2013 @ 12:35pm
      Wanderer Chris said | January 23rd 2013 @ 12:35pm | ! Report

      I actually can’t wait to watch this game when I get home from Wanderland. I can see it being a very tough fought contest, both teams with a lot to play for, and of course the first trip of the season for SFC to AAMI Park. I expect a venomous reception for the Sky Blues from the Victory faithful, the atmosphere at this one will be electric.

      It’s commendable for the league itself how big the hype is surrounding games like this, gotta love it.

      • January 23rd 2013 @ 1:14pm
        Qantas supports Australian Football said | January 23rd 2013 @ 1:14pm | ! Report

        Gosh, a sensible comment from a Wanderer at last on a SFC article… Take note Vinnie

        • January 23rd 2013 @ 1:45pm
          Wanderer Chris said | January 23rd 2013 @ 1:45pm | ! Report

          Australia Day is A-League Day! Let’s refrain from the internal vitriol and hope everyone enjoys the spectacles on offer, show the rest of the country we’re here to stay. We are Football, loud and proud!

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