Sydney FC defender Sebastian Ryall feels they let down the club’s fans with their poor showing in Sunday’s Hyundai A-League grand final.
The Sky Blues were dismantled 3-0 by a dominant Melbourne Victory in front of a record crowd at AAMI Park.
After performing so brilliantly on the road all season, Graham Arnold’s troops dished up a nervy and lackluster display which thwarted any hopes of a first title since 2010.
“It’s disappointing. We’ve had great support from the fans and it’s really disappointing we couldn’t put in a performance for them by bringing home the championship,” a shattered Ryall told www.a-league.com.au.
“Losing the final is tough to take.
“They [Victory] are champions, they deserve it. We have no excuses.
“It’s hard to say a lot because it’s still pretty fresh. We definitely weren’t the better team. The better team won so credit to Melbourne Victory.”
Ryall started at right-back in the decider but was switched centrally inside 20 minutes after experienced Sky Blues defender Jacques Faty was forced off with a hamstring injury.
The ex-Victory star feels that early reshuffle contributed to a disjointed Sydney performance.
“I think at one point we had Matty [Jurman] off and Jacques off the field as well,” he said.
“We had prepared a lot in terms of tactics and formations and to have to change it so quickly was tough.
“It’s not the reason we lost it was just a part of it. We know we weren’t the best team and they were.”
While admitting overcoming the pain of defeat will take time to overcome, Ryall believes this season was the first step towards a hugely successful future of the Sky Blues.
“We’ve got a new coach [Graham Arnold] who has only been here one year and to come into the grand final and make the [Asian] Champions League is a massive step for us,” he said.
“We can keep building and moving forward we’ll be there next year.”