Hoole: ‘Sydney FC lacked a cutting edge’

Sydney FC striker Andrew Hoole felt the Sky Blues could have done better in front of goal after their 0-0 draw with Phoenix at Allianz on Thursday night.

Despite a late flurry from the home side and a shout for a penalty waved away, the Sky Blues couldn’t penetrate the solid Phoenix backline and had to settle for a point. 

Sydney FC and Phoenix share the spoils

“You’re at home and you want to win games for the fans,” Hoole told ABC Radio.

“It’s disappointing to come away with a 0-0 draw, but I think we’re just lacking a little in the front third and a little bit of a cutting edge, but we’ll be okay.”

Sydney skipper Alex Brosque hit the post off his trusty left peg in the final 10 minutes and in a frenetic final stanza, felt they should’ve had a penalty after Manny Muscat tussled with Brosque.

“We were very strong in the back end of the game and Brosquey was unlucky to hit the post," said Hoole. 

“It just didn’t fall for us tonight,” added the Olyroo.

Sydney FC fans were in full voice against Phoenix.

Sydney FC now have an eight day break before meeting Hoole's former club the Jets in a NSW derby at Allianz. 

Sydney FC assistant coach Steve Corica echoed Hoole's thoughts as the Sky Blues are now four games without a win. 

“It was a tough game. I think we finished strongly in the second half and we created more of the chances throughout the game," said the former Sky Blue star. 

“We obviously would’ve liked to have seen one [goal] but the ball isn’t falling for us in our penalty box.”

Shane Smeltz tries to wriggle free from Manny Muscat.