December 1, 2012
Farina upbeat after SydFC draw with Heart
Incoming Sydney FC coach Frank Farina took plenty of positives but will be sweating on the fitness of star player Alessandro Del Piero after the Sky Blues' scoreless draw with Melbourne Heart on Sunday.
Farina, who arrived at the club on Friday, watched on from the stands as the Sky Blues snapped a four-game losing streak in front of 12,425 fans at Allianz Stadium.
While caretaker Steve Corica was officially in charge, Farina made his presence felt, having the final say on selection and addressing the players before and during the match ahead of taking the reins this week.
And among his first priorities will be deciding how to manage Italian superstar Del Piero, who had to be substituted in the 70th minute after tweaking his troublesome right hamstring.
The 38-year-old will be sent for scans on Tuesday, and Farina faces the prospect of being without his best player for his first game as head coach away to Wellington next Sunday.
"I think it's more tight, cramping sort of, in the hamstring so we'll have to wait and see from Tuesday onwards, see how the MRI looks and go from there," Corica said.
While Del Piero's departure to the bench took the sting out of Sydney's attack, Farina would have been delighted to see Sydney keep a clean sheet having conceding a whopping 15 goals in their previous four games.
And Corica backed the former Socceroos coach to build on a much-improved performance from the last-placed Sky Blues.
"He said himself there were a lot of positives come out of the game," Corica said.
"But he's going to come in and make changes. Things will change.
"He'll put his stamp on the team, especially with the work rate and I think if we do that I think we're going to be better off for it and we'll get results."
Australia's East Asian qualifiers meant the Heart were missing Richard Garcia, Aziz Behich and Michael Marrone and Sydney FC were without Brett Emerton and Terry Antonis.
It opened the door for teenager Hagi Gligor to make his first start for Sydney while Corica also handed a debut in goals to Vedran Janjetovic as Ivan Necevski was dumped to the bench.
Both sides created their fair share of chances, but ultimately had to settle for a result that did little to help either's finals hopes.
Frustrated Heart coach John Aloisi was pleased with a point given the players he was missing but called for the A-League to be put on hold when so many players are required for Socceroos duty.
He was also incensed a challenge by Sydney FC's Fabio on Heart's Ben Garuccio went unpunished by referee Stebre Delovski late in the second half.
The left back looked lucky to escape a red card, let alone yellow, after his from-behind challenge left Garuccio facing scans on a possible leg fracture.
"I'm struggling to have players and then that tackle happens and there's not even a yellow card," Aloisi said.
"I saw the replay and it's probably a red card and I have to go one less player again.
"I keep my mouth shut every week about things and it doesn't get me anywhere.
"I can't say anything. In my opinion it was a terrible tackle and it should have been a red card ... I don't know if they can do anything about it."
|Sydney FC||Melbourne Heart|
|Sydney FC||Melbourne Heart|
|1 Ivan Necevski||1 Clint Bolton|
|20 Vedran Janjetovic||20 Andrew Redmayne|
|4 Pascal Bosschaart||4 Simon Colosimo|
|8 Adam Griffiths||6 Patrick Gerhart|
|3 - Fabio||18 David Vrankovic|
|15 Terry McFlynn||8 Matt Thompson|
|22 Ali Abbas||5 Fred|
|23 Rhyan Grant||17 Jason Hoffman|
|6 Jason Culina||22 Nick Kalmar|
|16 Joel Chianese||19 Ben Garuccio|
|24 Hagi Gligor||25 Jeremy Walker|
|12 Blake Powell||10 Josip Tadic|
|10 Alessandro Del Piero||9 D Macallister|
|21 Yairo Yau||15 David Williams|
|24 Sam Mitchinson|
|5 Nathan Sherlock|
|Jason Culina for Hagi Gligor (62)||Nick Kalmar for Ben Garuccio (80)|
|Blake Powell for Alessandro Del Piero (69)||D Macallister for Matt Thompson (83)|
|David Vrankovic for Jeremy Walker (88)|
|Jason Culina (89)||Jason Hoffman (34)|
|Jeremy Walker (48)|
|Matt Thompson (67)|
|· Squads: Sydney FC | Melbourne Heart|