Sydney FC coach Frank Farina is set to quickly move forward from his nine-man A-League side’s car crash on Saturday night against Melbourne Victory.
Chasing a third successive win, the Sky Blues were comprehensively outplayed by a far better outfit in a 3-1 defeat at AAMI Park.
Farina admitted little had gone to plan for his side – and wondered aloud why they had only lifted their workrate and performance once they went down to 10 men with Tiago Calvano’s send-off on the hour.
They eventually finished the match with nine men as fullback Fabio was marched in stoppage time – a poor end to a fairly forgettable 90 minutes.
But Farina said he would not dwell on the disappointment of the result, preferring instead to look ahead to an away clash with Newcastle Jets next weekend likely to have massive implications for both clubs.
“We’ll analyse it (the Victory match) during the week but I tend not to over-analyse,” Farina said.
“You can pick the bones out of something but all you do is frustrate yourself and confuse yourself.
“We lost 3-1 – big deal. We move on next week. It’s another big game for us.”
Farina admitted the Sky Blues were taking one step back every time they took two steps forward – especially after the previous week’s 7-1 hammering of Wellington which suggested a team on the up.
But he believes a rollercoaster ride is inevitable for a club which has been playing catch-up since his mid-season appointment.
“Nine times out of 10, when a new coach comes in, it’s a rollercoaster ride – some good results, then some average results,” Farina said.
“I’m disappointed, don’t get me wrong. But I’m not going to slit my wrists.”
Farina is likely to need three replacements for his starting 11 next week after Socceroo Brett Emerton broke down early in the match with a back-related hamstring problem, as well as the two send-offs.
Calvano and Fabio are likely to receive the mandatory one-match bans for a red card from the match review panel on Monday.