Graham Arnold thrilled with points record

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Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold believes that his team’s final win of the season over the Newcastle Jets has cemented their place in A-League history, stating that their new 66 point A-League record will never be eclipsed.

The Sky Blues ensured the new record, bettering Brisbane’s total of 65 points in the 2010-11 season, with a comfortable 2-0 win over the Jets at Allianz Stadium on Saturday night thanks to second half strikes from Milos Ninkovic and Alex Brosque.

“Tonight we broke a record and became the best ever team, statistically, in Australian football.

“I don’t think people really realise how big this is.

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I don’t think you’ll ever see it again, well I’ll never see it again in my lifetime – 66 points from 81 is crazy,” said Arnold.

The victory capped off a remarkable season for the Sky Blues which also saw them claim the mantle of best ever defence, having conceded just 12 goals in their 27 matches.

Asked whether the records, including the record points haul, were important motivators for the side, Arnold stated that they were crucial in maintaining the drive of his players throughout the campaign.

“At the start of the season we weren’t even talking about it, but you change your goals as you go.

“Probably with about nine rounds to go we spoke about wrapping up the league, and then with four games to go it was about finding the next motivator and that was all about driving them [the players] to history.”

Given the dominance of the Sky Blues throughout the season, with the only blemish coming in a 1-0 defeat to the Western Sydney Wanderers in February, comparisons with Ange Postecoglou’s incredible Brisbane Roar side have been unsurprising.

But while Arnold was quick to compliment the Roar outfit which won back-to-back titles in 2011 and 2012, he rejected the idea of any similarities between the two teams.

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“We don’t compare ourselves to Brisbane Roar – we never have and we never will.

“Brisbane Roar were a fantastic team. But the stats show that we are now the best team in the history of Australian football.”

Despite the win and celebrations, Sydney will be sweating on the availability of goal-scorer and talisman Ninkovic who was forced off the field early following a nasty challenge from Jets midfielder Ben Kantarovski.

Ninkovic, who has registered nine goals and ten assists so far this season, has been a standout performer for the Premiers, but Arnold stated that he would be available for the elimination final in two weeks time.

“He’s fine. It was a shocking tackle, and I think it scared him a little bit, but he’s 100% fine.

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