Sydney marks seventh straight Big Blue win to move into second

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Sydney FC have continued their dominance over rivals Melbourne Victory to make it seven wins in a row between the two sides, with a 1-0 win to move them up to second on the ladder.

The only goal of the game came in the 6th minute, when midfielder Luke Brattan crossed to Bobo – who was inexplicably left free at the far post following a corner.

The Brazilian showed how he has made a career on goals like these, punishing the Victory with a header from point-blank range.

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The rest of the game was fiercely contested, and Victory had chances to score. Despite admitting Sydney were not at their best against Victory, head coach Steve Corica said the most important factor was a win, during a crucial time in the season.

“Tonight, I am very pleased,” Corica said.

“It’s nice to get a clean sheet, win the game, get the three points and move up the table a little bit.

“I think we have played better before but it’s one of those games. They sat back a little bit, which made it hard to break them down.”

Much of the talk about Sydney this week has surrounded the return of English striker Adam le Fondre, who was the club’s top scorer in the last two seasons.

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The prospect of a Bobo and le Fondre duo is a scary proposition for opposition teams. The champions also showcased the potential to include Kosta Barbarouses as part of a front trio, when he dropped into a wider attacking role after striker Trent Buhagiar came on.

Corica said he was confident Barbarouses would be able to fit into Sydney’s system when le Fondre arrived.

The head coach also said the return of their star striker gave the side attacking options as they approached the finals series.

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“I think it’s working well with Kosta being a little wider,” Corica said.

“So that’s another option for us once Adam does come.

“Bobo is scoring the goals we expected from him when he first came, and Adam will add to that.

“Kosta also has six goals this season. I think there is options to play all three… we have options.”

Sydney’s win over Victory means the Sky Blues have won the last seven games between the two sides.

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While Melbourne sits second last with a negative goal difference of 27, Corica said he did not feel bad for the Victory’s position.

“I don’t feel sorry for them,” Corica said.

“I just want to make sure our club keeps winning. They are a big club and a big team, and I am sure they will come back.”

The Sky Blues resume their conquest for an unprecedented three-peat of Australian domestic football championships with another derby on Saturday. This time against the Wanderers at Bankwest Stadium.

Featured image credit: Jaime Castaneda

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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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