Sydney FC coach Vitezslav Lavicka knows his side is not yet out of the woods despite the fact they are unbeaten in their past three matches.
The reigning champions have managed to hit back after a poor start to the season but three favourable results doesn’t change much according to the Czech tactician who hopes his Sky Blues can reproduce that form against Gold Coast United – a team they have failed to beat in three attempts.
"Last season we played against them three times and we didn't beat them," Lavicka said of the poor form against United. "But it's the past now.
"Look, it's a good news (the recent undefeated streak) for us because the last three games we started to pick up more points.
"But we know that we pick up the points but still we need to improve - we have a lot of space to improve our performance."
Sydney are currently without two important players in Mark Bridge and Nick Carle but Lavicka says that their absence gives a good opportunity to some younger players at the club.
"We're missing two key players but as you see, other players which came on the park last game against the Jets, (have) shown pretty good quality - especially young players," Lavicka added.
Sydney take on Gold Coast at Skilled Park on Friday night – kick-off is 7:30pm local time (8:30pm AEDT).