Fans make statement as Sydney FC and Phoenix share points

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A monotonous nil all draw left Sydney FC and Wellington Phoenix looking for more as the home support rallied against the week’s events.

While the Phoenix looked controlled it was the home side who were the most promising at Allianz Stadium. Their first chance came in the 12th after captain Alex Brosque paced away from the Phoenix back line to play in Filip Holosko, who had his placement tipped just wide by Glen Moss.

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The Cove respond to recent media hysteria.

It would be Brosque again in the 21st minute attempting to breathe some life into the half. The skipper flicked a through ball to Holosko who whipped an enticing cross to his attacking counterparts only to be denied by the outstretched leg of Justin Gulley.

At the other end the Phoenix looked to catch the Sky Blues out through the pace of Krishna as the young winger kept the home team’s defence on their toes.

Teammate Rolieny Bonevacia contributed with a placed shot that shaved the post.

It was referee Chris Beathe causing the biggest headaches for the Sky Blue, the well documented poor relationship between the referee and Sydney continuing in a game wrought with countless penalisations.

Shane Smeltz looked to get into the action in the 36th minute with a blocked shot, however the score would remain at nil all, both sides entering the sheds heads down.

A congested midfield gave way to attack as the two teams looked for an inch in the second half.

Roy Krishna again caught Sydney off guard in the 56th minute, his pace breaking the line to play a hopeful cut back only to find the trailing boot of Alex Gersbach.

At the other end the Sky Blues responded vehemently as Brosque managed to snap a first time shot off a through ball from Smeltz, only to pull it wide of the post.

Tensions began to fester as both teams became increasingly frustrated with the night’s proceedings, culminating in a face-off between Emmanuel Muscat and Alex Brosque following a heated tackle in the box.

The pair would again light up the stadium when they went one-on-one in the 84th, the Sydney captain getting the better of Muscat as he paced past the defender only to have his shot denied by the post.

But the action wasn’t restricted to the field.

Sydney FC active supporter group the Cove unveiled a series of tifos, responding to Rebecca Wilson’s now infamous article from the weekend.

A frantic last five minutes kept the home fans off their seats, however it was not to be. The two sides would split the points with first place now shrinking from view for the Sky Blues whilst Wellington Phoenix keep their future alive.

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George Vlotis
UTS Journalism graduate and football fanatic. Ex-NSW premier league player and now fortunate enough to be reporting on the A-League. Sydney is Sky Blue. Follow me @VlotisGeorge

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