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Lavicka intent on fixing Sydney FC problems

Sydney FC coach Vitezslav Lavicka is intent on fixing the problems that have hindered his side so far this season. The reigning champions are currently stuck to the bottom of the A-League table with just two points from six matches and the Czech tactician is determined to put things right, beginning with Gold Coast United on Sunday.

''This is my problem to fix,'' he admitted yesterday. ''I have full responsibility for the results for the team but I still believe we have good enough quality to turn. But we must start now, starting Sunday.''

Lavicka is well aware that United have the wood over the Sky Blues, beating them in all three encounters so far, but said the return of captain Terry McFlynn and striker Alex Brosque would be a major boost.

''Do you remember last season? Yes, this is a tough opponent, especially for us. They beat us three times, and were better in all three games,'' Lavicka added. ''They have a good team and a good coach, so it's a good challenge for us. But it doesn't matter if it's Gold Coast or someone else, we need to win. We need to bring Sydney FC fans good entertainment and good results.

''I could see it in training straight away - the intensity lifted as soon as they returned from injury, and they have brought a better atmosphere to the squad. They are very important players, and we have missed them. We gave them more time to rest but now it is time to play them.''

Andrew Slevison
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