Sydney FC set sights on more records
EVEN Sydney FC themselves think they're "on fire" - and the Sky Blues have more records in their sights.
After recording their fourth win in a row, scoring 12 goals in the process, Sydney need one more goal to set yet another record - this time for the most goals in a regular season.
The opportunity will come against rivals Melbourne Victory on Friday night at Allianz Stadium, after Sydney receive the Premier's Plate.
Sunday's 3-0 win over Adelaide stretched Sydney's lead at the top to 14 points, and reaffirmed the belief that their dip in form last month was short-lived.
It also meant Sydney became the first side to reach 60 points or more in consecutive seasons, and can break their own record for the biggest positive goal difference if they win by three goals on Friday.
Adrian Mierzejewski was involved in all three goals against Adelaide, and underlined his team's determination to add as many new benchmarks as possible.
"We are on fire," Mierzejewski said. "It's OK, we're happy. We had our little bit of a bad moment when we lost two games in a row, and started to read some articles about Sydney in crisis.
"We've come back on our way and things are going well. We have one more game (in the regular season) to get another three points, then we'll look forward to the games after that.
"We have our goals, our plan and still some records to beat. We want to continue this, and our biggest opponent is ourselves.
"We try to be focused to the end - if we lose one game, people start talking. So we try to keep going, keep winning, and show we are the best team in the league."
Mierzejewski calmed concerns over an apparent hand injury - "someone stood on my hand, it's painful but I'll survive" - and said he was unconcerned about the threat Melbourne Victory will pose on Friday.
"We played two games against them in Melbourne already and we won two times," he said. "They are in fourth position and need some points to play in the semi-final at home.
"We also have our celebrations and want to win to mark that so we will worry about ourselves."
Bobo will be targeting even more goals on Friday, after his pair against Adelaide gave him the record for a whole season including finals with up to three games left.
Once a striker himself, Sydney boss Graham Arnold said the reason for his success was simple.
"It's an honour to coach him, it's a joy to coach him, he'll do whatever you ask him to do," Arnold said.
"Not only is he a prolific goalscorer but he's a fantastic person and he's our first line in defence.
"To have someone that does that and works so hard for the team defensively but still can score goals, it's a fantastic feat."