Coach rallies behind McFlynn

16 October 2012 18:50:03 GMTPlus11

Skipper Terry McFlynn has copped unfair criticism for Sydney FC's poor start to the season, says coach Ian Crook.

Terry McFlynn has been unfairly criticised according to coach Ian Crook.

The Northern Irishman was jeered by a section of the crowd at Allianz Stadium on Saturday night as he was substituted out of the game in the second half.

The Sky Blues have suffered defeats in both their opening two games of the A-League campaign, going down 3-2 to Newcastle Jets at the weekend. But Crook was encouraged by the performance, and says supporters should rally behind the players.

McFlynn led Sydney to their most recent title in 2010, and Crook says he was disappointed at the reaction of the crowd at the weekend.

"Every supporter has a right to say what they want to say but for me if you're a supporter of Sydney FC, you support Sydney FC," Crook said. "That's lock, stock and barrel.

It's disappointing to see the reaction that there was but Terry's played a long time now and knows that's part of the game.

Ian Crook

"It's disappointing to see the reaction that there was but Terry's played a long time now and knows that's part of the game.

"It's not something we want to hear every week that's for certain."

Crook is confident his side's fortunes will improve soon, and took plenty of positives from the loss to the Jets.

"We had enough chances on the weekend to get something out of the game," the Sydney coach said. "It's just a couple of breaks at the moment where things tend to go against us.

"But we've got to stay positive and the second half performance was a good one."

There would be no better time for the Sky Blues to break their duck this season than in the inaugural derby with the Western Sydney Wanderers this weekend.

"It's another massive game and they're the games you want to play in," said Crook. "You would rather play in front of a packed house where there's a bit of pressure than in front of 2000.

"That's what football is all about. The players are excited and looking forward to it.

"We can't hide from the fact we haven't won in two but we can take a lot of positives out of the weekend and take them into the next game."

Sydney FC areĀ 13/10 to beat Western Sydney Wanderers, who are 21/10. Perth Glory areĀ 10/11 to beat Melbourne Heart, who are priced at 3/1.

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