Struggling to find the net: Filip Holosko. Photo: Brendan Esposito Game-breaker: Alex Brosque celebrates after cracking home the only goal of the game. Photo: Getty Images
Sydney FC’s players and coaches threw their support behind under-firing marquee Filip Holosko after their million-dollar man failed to hit the back of the net against Newcastle Jets despite an abundance of good chances.
Holosko walked into the dressing room at half-time apologising to his coach and teammates after missing four sitters against Newcastle Jets and was in a sombre mood after the match. A flurry of chances fell to the 65-time Slovakian international who continuously put himself in goal-scoring positions by out-manoeuvring Jets defenders for the entire match.
However, his inability to hit the back of the net from a point-blank range header, a one-on-one, a close range shot and another in front of an open net left the player visibly upset after the match.
Holosko declined to talk to the media after the match, even though his coach and teammates were pleased with his overall performance that deserved at least one goal.
“Any player who hasn’t scored and is an attacking player is going to be frustrated but he’s creating chances so that’s the main thing and if he wasn’t, we’d be more worried. We support him and i”m sure he’ll break the goal drought soon,” defender Matt Jurman said.
“Filip’s a great guy and he’s very passionate and he wants to do very well for the team and at half-time he came in and said sorry but there was no need for that, we’re all a team, we all make mistakes and we go through the positives together. It’s no problem at all, next week he’ll probably score a hat-trick.”
“I thought he was excellent all night,” Arnold said. “The second half, he was very good. Anyone else could have thrown the towel in. The most important thing is that he keeps getting in those goal-scoring positions, it will come.”
At the other end of the field, Jurman continued his impressive form this season leading the Sky Blues to another clean sheet. The central defender has been ever-present for Sydney this season as their backline remained watertight for six of the nine games thus far.
“It’s been the same, both those players, they come in and do a good job so it makes it easier for me. It’s been the same for me every week, we work hard as a team, we try and make it hard to break down,” he said.
Partnered with Seb Ryall in favour of Senegalese international Jacques Faty, Jurman was forced to adjust to different defensive partners throughout the course of the season but says the task is easy given the familiarity with both players.
Jurman and Ryall have played alongside one another in some capacity for about a decade whether it be at youth representative level, the AIS or in the A-League.
“Me and Seba, we played together on and off since we were about 14 or 15. We were at the AIS together, the Oyroos, young socceroos so we’ve got a good understanding together. It’s great to have more clean sheets,” Jurman said.
Sydney FC face a nervous wait to see whether captain Alex Brosque will be fit to play against Adelaide United next Friday. Brosque scored the winner against the Jets on Friday night but was forced off the field late in the match with a hamstring injury.
Initial fears were that the 32-year-old suffered from cramp but Fairfax Media understands it could be a minor hamstring injury that will require scans to determine the extent of the problem.
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