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FFA Cup loss gives Sydney A-L incentive

NZN 1 day ago Emma Kemp

Sydney FC are at no risk of letting their FFA Cup final loss bleed into their A-League title push, midfielder Brandon O'Neill says.

The table-toppers are determined to use it as motivation to continue their undefeated streak in the league.

The Sky Blues' bid to lift their first trophy in six years came undone at the final hurdle on Wednesday night against Melbourne City.

The team must turn deflation into drive when they travel to Newcastle on Sunday in a bid to stay top of the table.

O'Neill said coach Graham Arnold and skipper Alex Brosque had moved quickly to pull the team out of their disappointment.

"We can definitely overcome that - not only overcome it but win the league. The boys are really confident in that," O'Neill said.

"It's something that can go two ways. It can deflate it and you can sit on your laurels and feel a bit sorry for yourself, or you drive on.

"With the characters we have in the change room, the latter prevails."

The key will be producing the type of attacking football Sydney have become known for this season, which went amiss on Wednesday and in last weekend's uninspiring goalless draw with Adelaide.

"In the first five to six weeks, we not only defended really well but also attacked and played some scintillating football," O'Neill said.

"The last couple of weeks have definitely been below par. Personally, on my end as well, I feel I've been below par.

"If we can tie in what we've been doing defensively and get back to getting on the ball in the right areas, playing a lot of balls forward, attacking and creating a lot of chances, I feel like there's only one team that can beat Sydney FC and that's ourselves."

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