Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold was in a typically focused mood after his side claimed the Premiers’ Plate following a well deserved victory over Perth Glory.

Although pleased, The Socceroos coach-in-waiting was quick to play down festivities with an eye towards upcoming Asian Champions League and A-League finals series fixtures.

“They’ll be no celebration,” he said.

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“The boys are obviously proud, happy but we’re not done yet.

“we want to finish this off.”

A Bobo brace ensured last nights 3-2 and in doing so saw the Brazilian break the record for most goals in an A-League season, a feat Arnold drew praise towards.

The Sky Blues are the first ever A-League team to claim back-to-back Premierships and the emphatic manner at which it has done so certainly wasn’t lost on Arnold either.

“Last season we won the competition by 17 points this year we’re 11 ahead,” he said.

“To go back to back for the first time in 25 years is just crazy.

“I want to make special mention to Bobo, he’s scored 24 goals in 25 games and just broken a record for most goals ever in A-League history.”

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In a worry sign for other teams the link up play between Adrian, Ninkovic and Bobo was superb and with the three battling it out for two marquee positions next season competition for places is fierce.

A fit and firing Bobo looks an ominous sign for opposition sides heading into the finals and Arnold thought his return to the score sheet would only do wonders for his and his side’s confidence.

“I think he was a little bit tense in the last few weeks and overthinking his chances but tonight getting those two will free him up” he said.

“That’s four trophies in a row and we’ll be in great shape for the finals series.”

Meanwhile Glory coach Kenny Lowe paid credit to the quality of Sydney FC despite acknowledging his teams spirited second half performance.

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“We worked ever so hard to try and get back in it in the end,” he said.

“Ultimately we are talking about a side that’s lost four games in two years.

“They deserve all the plaudits they get for what they’ve achieved.”

Pressure is mounting on Lowe and Glory who sit outside the top six and a spot in the finals and he appeared frustrated about the VAR decision that cost his side a penalty and resulting goal.

“I’d like someone to explain to me if Dino’s got the ball how it is a penalty,” he said.

“The linesman didn’t flag, the ref didn’t blow and then he’s walked over to the linesman and somehow puff… a magic dragon and pulled a penalty out of the backside.”

An inspired halftime substitution should be credited to Lowe which turned the game indefinitely seeing an Adam Taggart brace get Perth back into the game.

However the Englishman remained confident in the backing of owner Tony Sage and determined the finish the season strong.

“There’s still two games to play,” he said.

“There’s no pressure on the job I just come in and do the best to my ability every single day.

“I’m still here and I’ve got a few more games to go so I don’t see why not.”

Next up Perth travel to Newcastle on Friday April 6 while the reigning premiers Sydney FC host Adelaide United at Allianz Stadium on Sunday April 8.

 

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Football fan and digital communications officer following Perth Glory during the 2017/2018 A-League season.