Graham Arnold dumfounded at loss

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Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold expressed that he was “dumfounded” over his side’s stagnant form.

The news came after Sydney’s horror defeat at home to Wellington Phoenix which saw the sky blue’s concede three goals in the opening 30 minutes which had the home crowd aggrieved.

“I don’t know where it came from”, explained a noticeably defeated Arnold.

“The first thirty were poor, we made it difficult for ourselves. I can’t explain it”.

A limp defensive display saw the Sky Blues on the back foot early. And a side-lining injury for Milos Ninkovic was another blow that had the home side in perpetual chase not only of the game but of their fading finals hopes.

While Arnold offered no excuses for the display he did hint toward the FFA’s ACL programming noting its impact on players.

“I’ve asked the FFA but you know. We played Wednesday in Korea, got back Friday and played Saturday”, said Arnold.

“We’ve played six games in 20 days. But those are the cards you get dealt, you just have to get on with it I guess”.

Despite being on the other side of the result fellow coach Ernie Merrick shared Arnold’s opinion and seemed to extend an olive branch towards the embattled manager.

“I’ve got a great deal of empathy for Arnie. I’ve been in that position, playing champions league football leading into the A-League finals”, revealed Merrick.

“It has been a disappointing year, but it’s really positive to see the boys pushing right toward the end of the season”.

Meanwhile Arnold continues to try and remain optimistic.

“We’ve got four games to go, 12 points available. I think if we finish up on 42 points we can easily be in the top four.”

The loss takes Sydney to their eighth game without a win and stresses the crack appearing between the sky blues and the top six.

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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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