Fully sick; Arnold and Aloisi point fingers

-

A bout of illness seeped its way into the Sydney FC camp while coaches Graham Arnold and John Aloisi played the blame game over their lacklustre clash.

Sydney FC Coach Graham Arnold has revealed that his team was plagued with a bout of gastroenteritis leading into Friday night’s uninspired top of the table clash against Brisbane Roar at Allianz Stadium.

The news came during the post-match press conference when prompted about his team’s heavy handed performance in a game that was criticised for stifling play.

“We’ve had a big trouble going through the team with gastro. We worried that the boys wouldn’t pull through in time for tonight”, said a noticeably concerned Arnold.

“We had Matt Jurman vomiting at half time last week, and I had to pull Naumoff after he started getting blurred vision and was stumbling around”.

Yet despite their illness concerns it was the home team who controlled the majority of play in a game that was frustratingly choked by two cagey sides. Brisbane coach John Aloisi laid the blame squarely on his counterparts playing style.

“Stifling?”, he repeated as the press looked for answers. “Is that because Arnie stifles games with his play?”

“Honestly I’m not surprised. That’s Arnie’s style.”

When notified of Aloisi’s quip Arnold rebutted.

“Stifling? What, because they didn’t have a shot?”

“There was no fluency to the game because every time we would try to break they’d foul us…they slowed it, they killed it”, proclaimed Arnold as the two managers entered a game of point the finger.

“We’d win the ball, break forward, then get fouled…there were 35 fouls in roughly 65 minutes of play. That’s one every 2 minutes.”

However, one thing that was agreed on was Sydney’s strong defensive presence, a trait that is symbolic of the former Australian coach and has led to Sydney retaining the top spot on the Hyundai A-League ladder.

“They position themselves well and defend as a team, with the front boys chasing down everything. And we found them difficult to break down. We need to get back to creating more goal-scoring chances next week” explained Aloisi.

Much has been made of the Sky Blue’s defence this season. The combination of Grant, Jurman, Faty and Ryall has made a tough work for attacking oppositions. And this defensive synchronisation is a trait that looks to run through the entire squad with strikers and midfielders showing a willingness to win the ball back early and press high.

“Defence wins championships”, stated Arnold.

“And yes we were heavy tonight. But I thought defensively we were outstanding”.

“But something needs to be done about fouls breaking down play. It’s something the refs maybe need to sit down and look at”.

Sydney FC have the weekend off to recover from a stressful few days while Brisbane will look to rediscover their goal-scoring form when they face Perth next week.

Enjoy this content? Support The Football Sack

Due in part to COVID and lack of current sponsorship we are at risk of not having the funds to continue running The Football Sack. If you enjoy our content and support our work in training talented young writers, please support us with a donation. If every reader contributed just $3, our funding would be covered for over ten years.

DONATE

Learn with us

mm
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

Latest Articles

Love your football?
Subscribe to our weekly football wrap. During the season we'll send you all the week's football action straight to your inbox.
* indicates required