Time together in a Sydney hub could prove to have its advantages according to midfielder Jay O’Shea.
The Roar’s Hyundai A-League headed south to Sydney following Sunday night’s fixture against Adelaide United on the Gold Coast ahead of three remaining regular season matches in Sydney, beginning next Wednesday night against the Victory.
O’Shea believed the Roar deserved more from Sunday’s 1-0 defeat against the Reds, but says the squad are fully focused on the next job at hand.
“We were disappointed with the result but when we looked back over the video I think it was just the slow start that killed us,” O’Shea said.
“We controlled the game in the second half, looked like we were going to get that goal but their keeper was on top form and deservedly got Man of the Match.
“We go again and we’re looking forward to the next few games.
The 10-day break before the Victory game, followed by another seven-day stint ahead of the following fixture could prove to be a crucial period for the Roar, especially with a new Head Coach at the helm.
“It’s been good for the lads to get a few sessions together with the new gaffer and he’s getting to know the players obviously not just on the pitch but on a personal level too,” O’Shea continued.
“It’s good for team spirit. We’ve got some big games coming up and we can use it to our advantage – it’s not ideal but you can definitely use it to your advantage. The comrardery is great here so hopefully it helps us.”
Senior squad member Jack Hingert mirrored the Irishman’s comments saying that all eyes are ahead on next week’s game and he has been impressed by the commitment from the squad in trying times.
“We have a good little set-up here but we’re just looking forward to the week ahead and the next game,” Hingert added.
“It’s been a bit frantic, especially coming straight down on Monday. It’s been a bit more difficult for the boys with families but it also shows the commitment from the players.”