Alex Wilkinson is convinced a more clinical performance from Sydney FC will bear dividends as they look to extend last year's good Asian Champions League away form in their clash with Kawasaki Frontale.
The Sky Blues headed to Japan on Sunday for Wednesday's second pool match, having held Koreans Ulsan Hyundai to a first-up 0-0 stalemate.
It was a continuation of their disappointing home form from 2018, when they picked up just one point from their three ACL games in Sydney.
Conversely, they picked up a win and two draws on the road.
'Without doubt, we'll take confidence from that, we didn't lose a game last year away - it was our home form that let us down," stalwart Wilkinson said.
"Kawasaki are a strong team but we've got a week's break, which is great.
'We've just got to be a little bit more clinical in terms of that final ball."
Like many overseas teams in the Champions League, Ulsan were content to sit back and counterattack in Sydney, but Wilkinson expected a different approach from Kawasaki - currently 14th in the J-League - at home.
"Kawasaki won't be sitting back, they will be coming out at us, but at the same time we've shown that we can be solid," Wilkinson said.
Set to play in the heart of defence in Japan, Wilkinson stressed Sydney's aspirations stretched beyond picking up a point.
"We're going to go over and try and win," Wilkinson said.
''If we end up getting a point it's not the end of the world, we come back and prepare for our next game at home and go for three points there.
"If you can win two out of your three home games and pick up a few points away, then you usually get through."
Australian Associated Press