Frank Farina has bemoaned his side’s lack of fight on Saturday night after his Sydney FC outfit were dismantled 4-0 by a rampant Brisbane Roar at Suncorp Stadium.
It was an unfavourable night for the visitors in the Queensland capital, with star striker Alessandro Del Piero subbed off on in the first half with a calf injury before Sydney conceded three goals in the final ten minutes of the half.
Despite the game being effectively over by the break, Farina said he was disappointed by his team’s failure to force their way back into the contest in the second half, producing only a sprinkling of half chances in the final period.
“We looked like we didn’t want to get in the fight, particularly after the two goals, and that’s not something I like,” a visibly disappointed Farina said post-match.
“In this day and age in football, you’ve got to fight,” he explained further. “When I say fight, I don’t mean physically fight, but run hard for ninety minutes, work hard irrespective of what happens on the pitch.”
“Whether you go ahead or you go one down that you maintain that same level of intensity, and unfortunately for us collectively we didn’t do that tonight.”
While the result is only Sydney’s first loss of the season after an opening night 2-0 win against Newcastle Jets, Farina said it was an indication of where his squad currently stood.
“It’s a consistency thing for every team. Roar have got that at the moment and I think it’s a good wake-up call for our players and team that we got to try and get that consistency.”
“It just doesn’t end, the games keep coming thick and fast and none of them get easier. You battle on.”
With a blockbuster Sydney derby next weekend against Wanderers, Farina said he would consider making changes to his eleven if lessons were not learned from the heavy defeat.
”At the end of the day, the coaches are the ones who go in the end and players stay,” he explained.
“I will do everything I can to make this club is successful and if people aren’t pulling their weight we’ll change.”
“We’ve got players, but that’s not to say we’re going to make wholesale changes or anything. But that’s the reality, everyone’s accountable. If we’re not going well, the team can change and will change,” Farina clarified.
Sydney FC were noticeably hamstrung in attack following the departure of Del Piero, but Farina hinted he was resigned to losing his team’s talisman for the derby.
“I think he will be doubtful for next week. He’s hurt his calf, but we’ll see,” Farina said.
“I don’t really know, they said they will have some scans done tomorrow, and we’ll wait and see the outcome of that.”