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The Sky Blues boss was pleased to silence sections of the media, who had questioned the team's form heading into their season-opening match

Sydney FC coach Frank Farina is hopeful his side's season-opening win over Newcastle will help lift the 'negativity' that was surrounding the club in the pre-season.

Some Alessandro Del Piero brilliance ensured their campaign got off to a perfect start as the Sky Blues beat the Jets 2-0 at Allianz Stadium.

The Sky Blues had copped a lot of stick heading into the Jets clash for their poor form and results in pre-season, including four straight losses over the last month.

But after watching his side out-class Newcastle on Friday night, Farina hit back at the critics who suggested Sydney would again struggle this season.

Asked if he felt his side were written off heading into the new campaign, Farina said: "Yeah definitely.

"There was a lot of negativity surrounding everything and anything so to get off to a start like that is pleasing.

"A lot of the media were questioning pre-season results...you must have read (the criticism) as well. That's part of the business we're in, you accept it and you deal with it.

"Before a ball was even kicked there was a lot of pressure on us. Myself, the team, so it's a good start....but it's only a start."

Farina stressed he used the pre-season to experiment and have his side peaking for the start of the A-League and felt too much was being read into results

"We worked hard in the preseason. There's a lot of things that go on in preseason that either people aren't aware of, they don't see the games and read the results," he said.

"Without making excuses but you basically trying to get players ready to play.

"I've always said you don't look at results all the time. When I went to Italy in 1990 I was scoring so many goals in preseason and a wise man said to me 'listen, don't worry about what happens preseason, all that matters is that first game' come first game I couldn't score to save myself."

The same can't be said about Del Piero, who produced two moments of magic to settle the issue against the Jets.

He opened the scoring himself on 36 minutes with some individual brilliance, dancing his way through some poor Jets defence before calmly sliding the ball across goalkeeper Mark Birighitti into the far corner of the net.

The 38-year-old then set up the match-sealer, winning the ball from Zenon Caravella on half-way and feeding Joel Chianese who lashed it home with a powerful rising strike.

While praising Del Piero's impact, Farina preferred to acknowledge the work of his entire side in the victory.

"There wasn't a player out there that didn't pull his weight," the Sydney boss said.

"We know we've got a lot of players in the side that have genuine quality.

"So if we can work hard and put the foundations there, give them the platform for that to be expressed we'll do well.

"Tonight the work ethic was sensational if they can give me that every week, it gives the players like Alessandro (Del Piero), Nicky Carle, Richie Garcia the chance to shine."

Meanwhile, Jets coach Gary van Egmond insists he won't be panicked into making a raft of changes despite his side's poor showing in their season-opening defeat.

Despite making a strong start and possessing a wealth of exciting attacking talent they rarely threatened Vedran Janjetovic's goal.

While the experienced Michael Bridges is set to return from injury next weekend, van Egmond has vowed to give his troops a chance to atone for their opening night shocker.

"We're not going to make wholesale changes," the Jets boss said.

"You have to give players who performed tonight a real opportunity. We're going to stick with that squad and in particular the team.

"I think we have a good team and a real strong squad.

"Tonight we got a bit overawed in those two wide areas and up front and it cost us.

"You can start to dominate a game but unless you've got something to show for it the opposition is going to hurt you."

Van Egmond also reserved praised for Del Piero following his man-of-the-match display: "His touches out there were sublime. There was many times he just helps things on...he reads the game so well."

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