New coach Frank Farina fails to inspire Sydney FC
THE arrival of new coach Frank Farina was not enough to inspire Sydney FC in a 0-all draw with Melbourne Heart yesterday.
Alessandro Del Piero looked exasperated at his team's lack of finishing prowess, and this was only worsened when he left the field with what appeared to be a hamstring injury.
The frustrated Italian maestro went off in the 69th minute at Allianz Stadium.
But maybe there was some light starting to emerge as the Sky Blues recorded their first respectable performance in five games.
Del Piero once again looked the most likely to score for the hosts courtesy of a well-taken free-kick in the 66th minute, forcing Heart goalkeeper Clint Bolton to fumble before it was cleared off the line.
He also seemed to be the only Sky Blues player that consistently looked to create goal-scoring chances.
However, other players stepped up for the glamour club including Yairo Yau, who caused problems for the Melbourne defence, but lacked a cool head in front of goal.
And the understanding Adam Griffiths and Pascal Bosschaart looked to have improved as they recorded their first clean sheet since beating the Wanderers in round three.
For the Heart, Fred had a golden opportunity to secure a rare victory in the 52nd minute after his attempt at goal from a David Williams cross narrowly missed.Sydney goalkeeper Vedran Janjetovic then justified his call-up with a fine save to deny Fred in front of goal once again, turning away the Brazilian's powerful header.