“Let the headlines be about him” Arnold in awe of Abbas

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It was a fairytale return for Sydney midfielder Ali Abbas who helped his team down Newcastle Jets with a late strike, after a knee reconstruction sidelined the Iraqi for over a year.

In a game largely dominated by the home side, Abbas’ goal was the icing on the cake and a sign of better things to come for not only the midfielder, but the club as well.

“This couldn’t be scripted any better” decried Sydney coach Graham Arnold.

“I honestly didn’t think he’d come back. But the effort he’s put in, he hasn’t had a day off. This is his day”.

The midfielder was sidelined in November of 2014 requiring a knee reconstruction after a controversial challenge from Brendan Santalab in the Sydney Derby. And it’s the Sydney Derby next week that the Iraqi has had on his calendar ever since that day.

“His goal has been that day. He penciled it in on his calendar 13 months ago and I know he’ll be saying ‘coach I want the Wanderers’” said Arnold.

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“He’s had the photos of that day on his wall, the things that were said about him by the other team, and that’s been his motivation to get strong”.

Meanwhile for the Sky Blues, things seem to finally be clicking in the final third. A plethora of chances and control of the Jets’ half was a result of the hard work put in by Ninkovic and Holosko assured Arnold.

“I’m so excited about what Ninkovic is brining to the team.

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Both of them are bringing what needs to be brought.”

“Milos made me change the whole attacking system to get the best out of him in the No.10 and he’s now brining what we need”.

In addition the slow but sure development of George Blackwood and the impending return of Brosque has Arnold and Sydney fans feeling more confident in the club’s ability to find the back of the net week in week out.

Sydney consolidate third place while the Jets failed to find the net taking their scoring drought to over 550 minutes.

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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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