No more boring Sydney says Arnold

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A scintillating Big Blue has Arnold answering critics as the Sydney coach again looked to the referee.

After a tightly contested loss in the Big Blue, Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold has declared the days of a “boring Sydney FC” are over.

The statement came in the post-match press conference after Arnold expressed his thoughts over his team’s 4-2 loss to Melbourne Victory in the fiery derby.

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“Tonight was a big step in the right direction. It was a very positive performance. And if we keep playing like that, we’ll get the results.

“There won’t be any more boring Sydney” exclaimed the former Australian coach as he responded to what many analysts have declared about his team’s early success.

The Sky Blues displayed a far more inspired attacking play than what fans have become used to this season – gaining the upper hand early through a cohesive frontline and width from wingbacks Alex Gersbach and Rhyan Grant.

“Overall we showed purpose going forward and it’s much more what I expect. I’m pleased with the style and how we played”, remarked Arnold.

However losing 4-2, Arnold expressed his reservations over the inaccuracy the night’s score-line drew.

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“At 2-2 we’ve hit the post twice. We had such purpose going forward. They’ve come down, the ball falls straight to Barbarouses and they score. These things happen.”

“Victory have got that form, things fall for them. That’ll change. Things turn”.

For Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat the facts told a different story.

“There was lot of talk in the week leading up to this game, we don’t buy into it. We leave it all for the park.

“It’s now seven games unbeaten for us against Sydney. And I thought the goals we scored were outstanding” said a direct Muscat responding to Arnold’s analysis.

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“We came here to perform, not make a statement.”

Yet for Arnold some contentious decisions had the manager questioning the impact referee Chris Beath had on the game.

“He’s reffed Sydney 25 times, with us only winning five of those. Brosque was frustrated after getting booked just for trying to talk to him as a captain.”

“But let’s not talk about the ref. I’ve already been fined $5,000 last time”, responded Arnold as the media pressed for his thoughts over a catalogue of contestable decisions.

When prompted in the same vein it was a different story for Muscat.

“I don’t think there were any contentious decisions. I thought the ref was outstanding”.

Melbourne Victory climb to third place while Sydney eagerly await the result of Brisbane and Perth to see if they still retain the top spot on the Hyundai A-League ladder.

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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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