With back-to-back wins slingshotting Sydney FC into


With back-to-back wins slingshotting Sydney FC into the top four, midfielder Terry Antonis believes his teammates are generating enough momentum to become a genuine title contender.
The Sky Blues were widely written off after their 3-0 defeat against Adelaide United, but maximum points in the past fortnight has breathed new life into the campaign. Though the equal reality is they are only two points ahead of seventh-placed Wellington Phoenix, Antonis says Sydney have turned the corner and could even make a shock run in the finals.
There's been several ongoing questions about club harmony 

''I definitely think we can make the finals because when we play well, we can be a huge force. I even think we can win it,'' he said. ''We just need to keep playing how we're playing right now - playing strong and staying together as a team. We have all the players to do it. I think we're capable of anything.''
There is little doubting the quality in Sydney's team - it is the most expensive squad ever assembled in Australian football - but there's been several ongoing questions about club harmony. Even coach Frank Farina looks to have done enough to survive until the end of the season, despite his fractious relationship with the supporters.
Antonis is adamant the players and staff are pulling in the same direction at the right time in the season, evidenced by Saturday night's 2-0 win over Newcastle.
''It was a difficult game against a tough side but we dug deep, played well and got the three points. We were patient when we needed to be and followed through on the coach's pre-game team talk, so we're all pretty pleased. It was important to win for our confidence and our ladder position and now the job is to keep going from here.''
Antonis has only just returned from a ruptured thigh that has kept him sidelined and while the plan was to ease back into action, he's rattled off two 90-minute performances - even scoring in his first match back, against Perth Glory.
''I have to say it's been pretty tiring but I'm fine with it and, ultimately, it's the coach's decision,'' he said. ''I've been working hard to get my body right during the week, seeing the physios and looking after my workload and recovery, and it's all coming together.''
Such optimism was nowhere to be seen last year when the injury curtailed a proposed move to Italian club Parma, scuttled his chances of playing for Australia at the under-20 World Cup and denied him a proper pre-season.
''It was disappointing and that was a very tough time. But I had a lot of people there to support me. The whole club got behind me,'' he said. ''I was down, a lot, especially before the World Cup … To miss that was the worst feeling because I couldn't wait to go, but the injury came along and that was it. It was hard to get going again, but once I was surrounded by the people at the club, I felt a lot better.''
Having been tracked by clubs around the world for several years - Everton tried to sign Antonis in his early teens - a move abroad still seems inevitable. But after all that happened in a nightmarish last year, Antonis is keen to just cement his place in the A-League before looking elsewhere.
''I just want to get myself ready for now. I'm not thinking beyond that. Given what's happened in the past year, I can only think game by game until the end of this season. After that, we'll look at what happens,'' he said. ''For now I want to try my best, help the team make the finals and just look at the short term, not the long term.''

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