Players deserve better from Sky Blue supporters says Arnold

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Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold has implored Sky Blues’ fans to come out to support their team in greater numbers following another disappointing attendance at Allianz Stadium, despite a 3-1 victory over the Wellington Phoenix.

While a Thursday fixture against the Phoenix was never likely to draw a bumper crowd, Arnold hoped his team’s incredible form and unbeaten start to the season would encourage fans to turn up en mass for their next home game against Melbourne Victory.

“I’m really hoping, and asking, for the fans to come. We’re putting in wonderful displays, and there’s probably 8,500 supporters that went home tonight pretty happy.

“Against Melbourne, our interstate rival, we need our fans here in numbers because they can make a huge difference. The boys deserve that with the performances they’ve been putting him,” he said.

The home faithful who did turn up for the Phoenix match were treated to a magnificent first half display from the Sky Blues, with excellent goals from Rhyan Grant and Bobo giving the home side a 2-0 lead in little over 20 minutes.

Sydney’s second goal in particular was one to remember, and certainly a contender for team goal of the year, with five players involved in an exquisite passing move from defense to attack which culminated in Bobo’s headed finish and delighted Arnold.

“It’s a fantastic performance – the first half was outstanding, and the second goal was like a training drill we practice and the execution was perfect.

“That second goal is what we want the fans to come and see – it was a fantastic goal with the players reacting so well to one another,” he said.

A near post flick from Alex Rodriguez after half an hour pegged one back for the Phoenix who had, up until that point, looked completely out of the game. But a composed second-half effort from the red-hot Milos Ninkovic sealed the win, and allowed Sydney to see out the game with ease.

Despite the comfortable victory Arnold believed that he’s yet to see the best from his forward line, even with a league-leading 41 goals from 19 matches from the team.

“Tonight we were clinical and we could have been more clinical and the scoreboard could have been much higher.

“I truly believe there’s still so much improvement to come from that front four, I mean they’re getting goals, but one day when they take their chances it’s going to be heavy,” he said.

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