It’s not silverware that is Sydney FC’s goal

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Though the race for the Premiership may be all but over thanks to Sydney FC’s spirited 1-0 win over second place Melbourne Victory at Allianz Stadium last night, Graham Arnold claims it isn’t the Premier’s Plate that is the ultimate goal.

Bobo’s 11th goal of the season early in the second half after some wonderful build up play from the Sky Blues was enough to ensure that 11 points now separate the two teams with just five matches to play.

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“There’s still 15 points to go – we’re in a great position obviously being 11 ahead, so our destiny’s in our own hands,” said Arnold.

Despite the imminent prospect of silverware, Arnold said his team remained focused on ensuring a successful end to the campaign, and though the Premiers Plate would be welcome, the team had another target to aim for.

“We had a goal at the start of the year.

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We didn’t talk so much about the place we wanted to finish or being Premiers, we spoke about the history of the A-League.

“The Premiership is a goal, but it’s more about being the best team in the A-League in a ten team competition – and that goal is 58 points,” he said.

The Sky Blues require just two wins from their remaining five games to eclipse the Western Sydney Wanderers’ 57 point record, and given their display against Melbourne they’ll certainly fancy their chances.

In spite of the narrow one goal margin, Sydney dominated for much of the game, especially in the second half where they restricted Melbourne to just two shots.

The Victory started the game well, and the night could have gone very differently for them if not for a controversial 9th minute call following Michael Zullo’s last-man tussle with Marco Rojas which brought the Kiwi international down on the edge of the area.

Zullo only received a yellow for the challenge, much to the annoyance of the Victory cohort who correctly argued that Zullo was in fact the last defender and should have received his marching orders.

Victory manager Kevin Muscat remained composed when talking about the incident after the match, but his frustration was clear given the importance of the match.

“Maybe it was too early. Maybe if it was in the 70th minute it could have been a little bit different, but ultimately a foul’s a foul regardless if it’s in the first minute.

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“Half of me’s thinking that it’s predictable and I’ve just got to accept it because away from home you just don’t get those big calls. Then the other half of me… well I just can’t see or believe how it was missed.”

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