Kilkenny: It doesn’t matter who plays, we need to win.


Sunday’s man of the match Neil Kilkenny says no matter the side Melbourne City put out on the pitch in the A-League or Westfield FFA Cup, there are going out to win at all costs.

The midfielder put in a tireless shift during Sunday’s 2-1 win over Wellington at AAMI Park and the former Preston North End man made it clear that it’s going to take a whole squad effort to not only get over the line in the season but the FFA Cup Final on Wednesday night.

“The first thing was to get three points,” Kilkenny said.

“It doesn’t matter who plays, we need to win. We know that as a team and Club. Now it gives the manager more headaches on who plays, what formation we play so he’s got the headache now but at the same time, all the players are focused now to be ready for Wednesday night and hopefully we’ll be ready.

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“We’ve done our pre-season so that’s where we get the work in to get fit, knowing that we have a lot of games during the season. We knew that if we were firing in the cup, this was going to happen where we have games every couple of days.

“We are all looking forward to it, we want to win as a club, as a team, as individuals and hopefully we’ll be able to do that. We respect Sydney, they are a strong team and I’m sure it’s going to be an entertaining game. Hopefully there will be a big crowd at AAMI Park.”

The City number eight will miss out on next Saturday clash with Brisbane Roar after accumulating five yellow cards in the A-League however the penalty will not apply to the FFA Cup Final where he will be free to play.

With Sydney unbeaten this season, Kilkenny is confident his side can pick up the Sky Blues’ first scalp in the 2016/17 calendar in one of the biggest national stages

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“We know the way we want to play and the philosophy of the Club and we’re looking forward in showing that on Wednesday night,” he said.

“We all know we want to win, we are winners as a club and as a team and now we have got to prove that on Wednesday night. We want to create a buzz around that winning mentality and determination and as players, hopefully we start to show that now.”

Kilkenny and City take on Sydney FC in the Westfield FFA Cup Final 2016 on Wednesday, kick-off 7.30pm. Click here to witness history and secure your tickets to the Final!