Sydney FC out to replicate Asian Champions form
Sydney FC striker Matt Simon admits with a chuckle his teammates are "sore losers", but there has been nothing funny about the past 11 weeks for the Sky Blues.
In that time, the team has not managed a win in the A-League and last season's grand finalists have spectacularly crashed out of finals contention.
The Asian Champions League has been a different story, though, the harbour-city club beating the Pohang Steelers 1-0 at Allianz Stadium in its last fixture on Tuesday night to sit on top of Group H.
The Sky Blues have three wins from four games to be on nine competition points, two ahead of the Urawa Red Diamonds.
The pool dubbed "the Group of Death" also contains Chinese powerhouse and reigning champion Guangzhou Evergrande in last spot.
Sydney's best foreign signing of an underwhelming season, Milos Ninkovic, scored the winner five minutes into the second half against Pohang.
Simon admitted it had been a frustrating season and he could not pinpoint why the Sky Blues had so far done well in Asia and not in the domestic competition.
"I don't know what it is,'' he said. "We just go out with a game plan each week, and the boys are up for every game.
"We're pretty sore losers, so we want to finish on a good note and put in a good performance against Perth on Sunday (in the final round of the A-League)."
The 30-year-old marksman is off contract at the end of this season, but wants to re-sign with the Sky Blues. "I've really enjoyed my time in Sydney this year, and I'm just concentrating on the end of the Champions League and Perth on Sunday," Simon said "We'll see what happens from there."