Kosmina ends disappointing season

January 23, 2009
By Ian McCullough

Sydney FC coach John Kosmina admits he has made mistakes this season after his side's failure to qualify for A-League finals for the first time in their history.

Sydney face Newcastle at the Sydney Football Stadium on Sunday for their final game of a disappointing season for both teams who will be playing for nothing more than pride.

Kosmina said his side's crippling injury list had been the major reason for their disappointing season but said he would do some things differently given the chance again.

"It has been a long, hard season and probably nerves have been a little bit raw and people say things they might think twice about later on," said Kosmina.

"I look at lots of different reasons why things happened .. from a personal point of view I look at how I could do things differently, could I manage players differently?

"Sometimes with selections .. I took a couple of risks that I shouldn't have at particular times.

"It has been frustrating, we have had a number of opportunities and a few weeks back when we played Perth we would have gone second had we won but we lost and slipped the other way.

"The players are still smarting from what they have tossed away we have had opportunities to be a lot closer and should be better off than we are, but for whatever reasons we haven't taken them.

"It hurts and I think there is a point to prove from everyone."

Despite the disappointment around the club, Kosmina said the emergence of the club's youngsters this season had been a positive.

"You have to look at the positives, move on and Sunday's game is an opportunity to give these young kids a chance.

"There has been enough negativity around the place and on the terraces and we need to move on."

Kosmina will be without the suspended Zach Cairncross and the injured Robbie Middleby for the visit of the Jets but John Aloisi is available after injury and will feature for at least half an hour from the bench.

Matthew Jurman will replace Middleby.

Jets boss Gary van Egmond will also stick faith with his youngsters after their 2-1 win over Perth and EnergyAustralia Stadium last week.

Star striker Joel Griffiths, who has been linked with a move to China, is likely to miss out again with a hamstring injury.