FOOTBALL: Sydney FC defender Michael Zullo says there will be no hangover from the defeat in the FFA Cup final to Melbourne City when the A-League's top two clash at ANZ Stadium on Friday night.
The Sky Blues lost for the first time this season in all competitions to City before bouncing back to extend their unbeaten league run to nine games with a 2-0 win over Newcastle Jets on Sunday.
Zullo said the league game would be totally different to a one-off cup encounter.
"It's a very different scenario than the last time we played them. It's a different competition,” he said.
"We're undefeated in the A-League, we had a tremendous run in the FFA Cup, only conceded the one goal, it's a new game and I think everything is on our side this time.
"That game is behind us now, it's happened, we really wanted to win that but there's big things ahead, there's so many rounds of the A-League to come. It's crucial game for us, we're definitely concentrating on Friday.
Zullo, who played 15 times for City last season before signing for Sydney in the off-season, said the players were keen to extend their advantage at the top of the ladder heading into the busy Christmas period.
"We're six points clear at the moment and we want to keep that momentum going forward now,” the 28-year-old said.
"We're undefeated in the A-League and if we can beat Melbourne City on Friday night, hopefully we can open up a nine point gap.
"I think for other people our undefeated start is unbelievable or amazing, but for us we've seen this happening since pre-season.
"We worked so hard and saw the foundations there. We're just going to keep doing the things we've been doing and we're very confident with how we've been performing.
"What we have in front of us is a situation where we're top of the table, there's 18 rounds left in the A-League and our next goal is the premiership.”
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