Sydney FC goalkeeper Andrew Redmayne says the struggling Sky Blues owe besieged coach Steve Corica a win against Newcastle at McDonald Jones Stadium on Sunday.
The Sydneysiders have dropped to 10th on the ladder after losing four of their past five A-League matches.
Having failed to lead his side to finals football last season, Corica is on notice to lift the Sky Blues out of the doldrums.
If he can’t, it could cost him his job.
“Yeah, we need to win for him (Corica), but everyone at Sydney FC is feeling the pressure,” Redmayne said.
“We’re the biggest club in Australia, and we expect to win every time we go out on the pitch and challenge for the title every season.”
Redmayne said there was more than enough experience and quality in the Sky Blues squad to lift the team up the ladder.
“There are just some areas we need to work on. Our heads haven’t dropped because we know we can get ourselves out of this,” the veteran gloveman said.
“It’s such a tight league that if we can string a few wins together, we can quickly move up the ladder.”
Sydney has conceded on average two goals a game this season. No other club has conceded more goals (18) than the Sky Blues.
And while the unavailability of key defensive pair Alex Wilkinson and Jack Rodwell – who have both missed several weeks with groin injuries – hasn’t helped Sydney’s cause, Redmayne said it couldn’t be used as an excuse.
“It’s tough, but shouldn’t be a problem because if you’re in this squad, you should be able to do well when given a chance to play,” he said.
Redmayne said former Everton, Manchester City and Sunderland star Rodwell could return against the Jets.
Sydney is also set to be boosted by the availability of influential midfielder Luke Brattan, who missed last Saturday’s disappointing 3-0 home loss to Macarthur FC.
“The experience of ‘Brattsy’ in the middle of the park is sure to come in handy for us,” Redmayne said.
However, Sydney will be without suspended winger Joe Lolley, with the versatile Max Burgess – who has recovered from concussion – being the Englishman’s likely replacement.
Meanwhile, as part of an A-League/BBL cross promotion, Sydney FC and the Sydney Sixers are partnering for a $40 ticket deal that will gain the buyer entry into the Sky Blues match against Wellington at Allianz Stadium on Saturday week, and the Sixers game against the Perth Scorchers at the SCG on January 15.