Graham Arnold delights in Sydney Derby

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Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold has expressed his delight over his team’s 1-1 Sydney Derby performance despite failing to seal all three points.

The noticeably more positive and calculated performance was a far cry from their recent cumbersome form, and not only pleased Arnold but had fans in praise of the display.

Many will have left the stadium feeling confident ahead of the upcoming AFC Champions League fixture.

“The performance tonight was outstanding”, said Arnold.

“We had enough chances to win two games tonight, but we just couldn’t do it in the end”.

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The draw manages to keep Sydney within the Semi Final zone while the Wanderers remain six points ahead of their cross-town rivals. The result also takes the Wanderers’ winless streak against Sydney to six, as the Sky Blues seemed to ultimately get the better of them.

Meanwhile a noticeable flat Popopvic was pleased with his side’s first half performance but had little response for their second half display.

“I think we had an excellent start but I feel we missed the moment to put it away when we grabbed the early lead”, stated Popovic.

“We dominated the possession, and on another day we could have done more with it.”

“We started strong but we couldn’t maintain. But to get a point against Sydney away from home, we’ll take it.”

The fixture was a feast for fans. And with minimal anti-social behaviour on display, the night was heralded as a triumph for all.

“It was a real tight contest and could have gone either way. The atmosphere was absolutely fantastic”, said Popovic.

For Arnold, it seems he feels his coaching is back on track.

“For me its about getting the best out of my players…. I had to change my tactics three times tonight… I opened them up”, said the veteran coach.

“This is the minimum effort I expect every week from the boys, and I don’t want anything less.”

“We’re prepared to fight for Sydney FC, it’s a wonderful club”, added Arnold in a seeming reach out to his fans.

The win keeps both teams finals hopes alive and the top 6 tighter than any other season.

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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