Sydney streak stumped at Suncorp

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Sydney FC’s six game winning streak came to an end last Saturday night in a fiery, physical and controversial 1-1 draw with maroon-kitted Brisbane Roar.

The Sky Blues turned in a different performance to the efforts which saw them lose to Brisbane twice last season in a showing that should have put the game to bed following an onslaught of chances in the first half.

Brisbane keeper Michael Theo redeemed his team’s sloppy start with a number of great saves and kept them in the game long enough for a second half comeback.

Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold said he wasn’t fazed by the 1-1 draw and was happy with his squad’s performance overall.

“I thought we were outstanding tonight, I thought it was a really good game of football,” Arnold said.

“Yes we could have obviously killed the game off before half time. We had probably enough chances in the first half to win two or three football games, but at the end of the day they’ve got a very good goalkeeper that kept them in the game.”

According to Roar coach John Aloisi, some minor mistakes were to blame for Sydney’s initial string of opportunities with the team failing to gel across the board.

“I’m very disappointed in the way we played in the first half,” said Aloisi. “Sydney are a good side and we gave them a lift by giving them all those chances and giving away the ball in [dangerous] areas.

“We didn’t do it well in the first half. But still, it’s the sign of a good team when you’re doing poor like we were, to come out and still give the team that’s won every single game a real go and we did that.”

“All in all you have to be happy with the point because we didn’t play at our best.”

Brisbane weren’t the only ones feeling the pressure Saturday night with some controversial calls by the referees causing a ruckus amongst players, coaches and spectators alike.

Two challenges by Sydney’s Rhyan Grant were the reason for the confusion, as referee Alan Milliner visibly produced a yellow card on both occasions but only booked Grant for one.

Spectators were left under the impression that Grant should have received a red card for the latter challenge and sent from the field.

Aloisi said while the incident didn’t excuse Brisbane’s first half performance, he was baffled such decisions could be made.

Overall Round 7 results leave Sydney secure at the top of the ladder maintaining a six-point lead, while Brisbane move up one spot leapfrogging Perth Glory in third place.

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