May 15, 2015 12:23:20 UK
Sydney FC’s ability to respond to adversity is one of their strengths as they go into the Grand Final against Melbourne Victory says defender Matthew Jurman.
The Sky Blues have plenty of reasons to feel confident ahead of the AAMI Park decider, not least that they have just seen out the whole of the regular season without losing away from home.
Victory, who won the Premiership with a three-point margin, didn’t manage to beat Graham Arnold’s side in any of their meetings – all three ended in draws.
We’ve had that confidence that even if we’re behind we can come back.
Jurman says one of the strengths of the team is they will always back themselves to score one more goal than the opposition, so they don’t get knocked off their stride if they concede goals.
“We’ve had that confidence that even if we’re behind we can come back,” said the central defender, who is 15.00 to score in the decider.
“And that’s a big thing leading into the Grand Final, knowing you’ve got confidence in each player that you can get out of trouble if you’re in trouble – but hopefully we won’t be in trouble.”
The last meeting between the teams, a 3-3 draw in Sydney in February, saw Arnold’s team respond well after they fell 2-1 behind just before half-time. Shane Smeltz levelled, then scored again after Nick Ansell had put the Victory back in front.
It was a similar story the last time they faced each other in a Melbourne Big Blue, with Smeltz netting the first of his two goals just after Archie Thompson had made it 2-1 for Victory early in the second half.
Sydney FC are 3.20 to beat Victory, who are 2.25 with the draw 3.50.
Jurman may be playing his last game for Sydney – the 25-year-old has been a regular in the side since round 19 but is out of contract at the end of the season.
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