Sydney FC coach Vitezslav Lavicka was full of praise for the club's supporters who have stuck by them during a tough season.
The Sky Blues fans would have expected much better from the reigning champions who stuttered at the start of their title defence to end up outside the final six but their recent form (four wins and three draws) has put them in a good place heading into the Asian Champions League where Lavicka promises much better performances.
"I would like to thank you Sydney FC supporters. We are unhappy we did not reach the finals this season but we still have a season target to play good football in the Asian Champions League and bring some good results. Please stay with us," Lavicka said after last night's 2-0 win over Wellington Phoenix.
"I am pretty happy because we created many chances tonight which means we played actively but we should score more than two goals.
"That is football. I am happy that the players still have the desire, the team unity and spirit to play good football. This is good preparation for the Asian Champions League."
If it wasn't for their first 10 matches, where they were defeated six times and drew on four occasions, Sydney would be in a much better position at this stage of the season but it wasn't to be and they will now prepare themselves for their final match of the season against the Melbourne Heart on Saturday, before taking on Asia's best next month.