Melbourne City needs to find a level of consistency if the club is going to have a chance in the Hyundai A-League Finals Series.
That's the message City midfielder Luke Brattan wanted to get across after his side took a 3-0 loss to Sydney FC, who set a league record with the win.
“Football is a simple game when you play consistently well and we haven’t found that this season,” Brattan told Fox Sports.
“No one likes losing but credit to Sydney they’re a fantastic team.
“That’s why they’ve got the premiership, they’ve been consistently the best team all year.
“They’re tough to break down and they’re good going forward. We worked extremely hard, we battled with them and then in the end their class just showed.”
The loss leaves City in danger of falling out of the third spot in the table, with the side level on points with Brisbane Roar who can open up a gap with a win Sunday, but Brattan is still hopeful his team can lock up that third spot.
“It’s disappointing,” Brattan said of his team’s second straight loss.
“We’ll concentrate on Friday night, Adelaide at home, and hopefully results go our way and we can sew up third place.”