Dominant Sky Blues back to winning ways with victory over Western

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Sydney FC have snapped there four-game winless streak with a 2-0 victory over Western United.

Sydney opened the scoring early in the contest with a Bobo penalty ­– before milestone man Rhyan Grant put the result beyond doubt with a goal in his 200th A-League game for Sydney.

The Sky Blues were dominant, and head coach Steve Corica was pleased with the manner of the victory. He said it had been a long time coming.

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“It’s pleasing to get the three points and we did it in style as well,” he said.

“We have been playing like that for the last three or four games, we just haven’t got the results. It’s good to get rewards for the way we have been playing.”

The turning point in the clash came in the 17th minute, when Sydney were awarded a penalty after United defender Aaron Calver fouled Kosta Barbarouses.

Brazilian goal-machine Bobo made no mistake from 12 yards, to make it 1-0.

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The penalty was the catalyst for Sydney to start dictating the game. They began controlling possession and United – who were missing their midfielder Alessandro Diamanti due to injury – failed to create attacking chances and were outplayed by Sydney.

The Sky Blues scored their second goal early in the second half, when Ryhan Grant prodded home from close range after playing a one-two on the edge of the United box with Kosta Barbarouses.

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The Socceroos right back has looked far from his best in recent weeks ­– and this has coincided with Sydney’s form slump.

Corica said one of the most pleasing aspects of the result was Grant’s performance.

“I thought he was back to his best tonight,” he said.

“That goal was overdue. It was nice for him to score on 200th game.”

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Sydney have been wasteful in front of goal this year and Corica said this area still needed improvement, if they were to return to their best.

“I think it could have been more,” he said.

“The final third is what we want to improve and get more goals. I think we can do that ­– we have the quality.”

While the Sky Blues sit in seventh, only two points separate six teams in the league.

Corica said the win was important for the team’s momentum.

“We are slowly building,” he said.

“We have a lot of games to go. The league is very tight.

“Central Coast have a bit of a lead at the moment, but all the other teams are quite close. You get two or three wins on the trot and you will be in second spot and closing in on Central Coast.”

The only damper for Sydney was a potential injury for star player Milos Ninkovic, who limped off the field late in the second half.

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Corica said it was only a minor ankle injury, which was music to the ears of Sydney fans.

Corica stated he would be a chance to feature in Sydney’s next game against Newcastle Jets at home on Saturday night.

“He rolled his ankle a little bit,” said Corica.

“He [Ninkovic] said he’s not too bad. It’s a short turnaround until the next game. We’ll see how he is tomorrow.”

Feature image credit: Jaime Castaneda

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Adam Sheldon
Adam Sheldon
Full time football addict. Passionate about any sport with balls. Covering Sydney FC A-League and W-League teams for the upcoming season.

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