Sydney FC's big name signings today insisted last night's shock defeat to a raw Brisbane Roar was nothing more than a bad night at the office.
Alexander Baumjohann and Kosta Barbarouses were keen to stress the 2-0 loss at Leichhardt Oval was not a sign of the things going off the rails for the reigning A-League Champions.
“We play that game 10 times, maybe eight times we win. But yesterday it was just not our day and we created a lot of chances but couldn’t score and conceded stupid goals,” said Baumjohann.
The German playmaker did not try to hide from his side’s limp display, dismissing suggestions of complacency and refusing to blame it on a lack time for the squad to gel so far in the pre-season.
He added: “I think we showed in previous games that we are playing very good together. I think the Brisbane team is also all new, so this is no excuse. It was just not our day.”
Barbarouses echoed those thoughts, and believed the Sky Blues played well but were unlucky to be eliminated from the FFA Cup.
And the former Melbourne Victory man says he is clicking into gear with his teammates up front.
“When you trust who you’re playing next to and you sort of just know when to play the ball and what runs you’re going to make," he said today.
"There are still things we need to look at but in terms of when we get the ball, it’s been pretty positive and we created a few chances last night through some good movement and good runs.”
The Sydney duo admitted they were disappointed with the early cup exit but said their focus was now on their A-League opener against Adelaide United at Coopers Stadium on October 11.
But the club is still sweating on key stars Rhyan Grant and Milos Ninkovic who hobbled off the pitch with injuries last night
Grant's facing a couple of weeks sidelined with a low grade sprained ankle while playmaker Ninkovic has not yet been completely assessed.
Physios are hopeful no serious damage has been done despite having to be helped off the pitch by coaching staff.