Sydney keeping the faith

Sydney FC captain Steve Corica admits Friday night's Hyundai A-League clash with Queensland Roar at the SFS is easily the most important of the current campaign.

Sydney FC captain Steve Corica admits Friday night's Hyundai A-League clash with Queensland Roar at the SFS is easily the most important of the current campaign.

Having resided near the top of the standings for much of the campaign, consecutive losses to Adelaide and Wellington have seen John Kosmina's men tumble out of the top four.

"It's a massive game, I think it's the biggest game for us this season," Corica said on Thursday.

"We know how big it is and hopefully we do play well (with our) backs against the wall - it's a very important game for us."

He added: "It's not do or die but it's definitely a must win (match) for us, a draw would be not too bad just to stay close to the top four but we're positive and we want to win the game and that's our aim for tomorrow night."

Asked to account for Sydney's form slump which has seen them muster a solitary point from their previous three outings, Corica insists morale remains high within the playing group and expressed an unwavering confidence in the team's ability to turn things around.

"We've got a good coaching staff, we've got a great bunch of boys who are all together," he said.

"We know what we have to do to get out of it and that's to work hard and get the result we need, and once we've done that we'll build from there."

Coach John Kosmina is also keeping the faith insisting there is plenty of time left to restore order.

"We've still got eight games left after (the clash with the Roar)," Kosmina said.

"So if we play well tomorrow like we played well against Adelaide last week in adverse circumstances then I'm happy with that."

"The football side of it will eventually come and then the results will come with that."

But Kosmina challenged his players to prove what they are capable of under pressure.

"It can wear you down but that's part of being a professional sportsman, you've got to be emotionally and mentally resilient as well as physically," Kosmina said.

"And it's times like this where you do have your character tested so that's what we're looking for from the players at the moment and we've talked about it a lot in recent weeks about just being resilient."

"You've got to pick yourself up and dust yourself off and you work through it and eventually the football will turn around because we are a good footballing side, no one denies that."