Marc Janko frustrated by home goal drought for Sydney FC

16/08/2019 Posted by admin

Sydney FC striker Marc Janko is frustrated that he still hasn’t opened his account at home after being denied another chance by the woodwork at Allianz Stadium.

The giant Austrian forward appeared certain to score his first home goal in the 2-0 loss to Wellington before Phoenix goalkeeper Glen Moss pushed his close-range shot on to the bar and he says the ongoing wait is becoming “annoying”.

Janko has already scored four goals this season in eight games, including a spectacular long-range strike against Brisbane, but is yet to score in NSW, let alone at home. Sydney’s marquee man is just itching to hit the net against Adelaide United on Boxing Day to finally celebrate with his new fans.

“That’s annoying me a lot to be honest,” Janko said of his home goal-scoring drought. “First, I want to celebrate with our home crowd and that will be a good thing and I hope I can finally do that. Somehow there’s always some misfortune with the games, I hit the post many times but my luck will come. I believe that I will do my best to turn it to my advantage.”

The 31-year-old has been partnered by Shane Smeltz in Sydney’s forward line in recent weeks and believes the two can work together despite the similarities in their style of play. The two are both natural finishes from inside the box, have a similar pace and physique but Janko says they can still find attributes that complement the other. Already, Smeltz has combined with Janko to provide one assist during last week’s 3-3 draw with Melbourne Victory where the Kiwi striker slipped a no-look back heel pass to put Janko through on goal.

“With every chance there is alway some risk. I think the positive aspects are more to be considered. We’re both a good threat for the defenders and in Melbourne he gave me a great assist. We can also play around each other so we have a good capacity to do some good combinations,” Janko said.

The two have only started three games together this season but are showing glimpses of a good combination. With Corey Gameiro ruled out for the season and Sydney yet to sign an injury replacement player, Janko believes his partnership with Smeltz can bear fruit.

“In the beginning we didn’t have that many chances to play with each other but in the last two or three weeks we’ve been given this chance and I think you can see on the pitch that we’re constantly causing havoc for defenders. Our offensive game is looking better and we’re getting the right service. I think the results will follow,” he said.

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