Sydney FC's Asian Champions League opener against Ulsan Hyundai was an encouraging one, reckons defender Ben Warland.
Last season's minor premiers outplayed the Koreans at Jubilee Oval but had to settle for a point in a 0-0 draw. The match was badly affected by strong winds that made long passing difficult.
Steve Corica's team will go to Japan for Wednesday's second Group H clash with Kawasaki Frontale feeling reasonably satisfied with the way they played, says Warland.
Ulsan weren't as tough as he'd expected, the defender revealed, but he felt that was down to the way the Sky Blues had gone about their game plan.
"I think we executed it pretty well and unfortunately we couldn't get the goal," he said. "I don't think they created too many chances, it was just from our own mistakes and look, we took a lot of positives from it; the only negative is that we didn't get three points at home."
Warland had the job of marking Ulsan's Brazilian striker Junior Negrao, who scored 22 goals in the K-League last season.
The Koreans rarely threatened, though, leaving the Sky Blues player feeling positive about the result.
"I think we are very capable of getting through this group and I think that's a big positive for us," added Warland. "There was a lot of talk about us getting the hardest group but I think we handled ourselves very well tonight.
"We head over to Japan, that's going to be a tough game away from home but we'll take plenty of positives from tonight."
Kawasaki started their campaign with a 1-0 defeat away to Shanghai SIPG.
Sydney FC are 50/1 to win the Minor Premiership this season and 19/20 to win their next game against Melbourne City, who are 3/1 with the draw 5/2.
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