Bobo the derby hero as Sky Blues complete perfect week

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Sydney FC have ended their six-game winless streak in the Sydney derby with a 1-0 win over the Wanderers, to cap off a flawless week – which yielded them three wins in eight days at a crucial time of the season.

While the first half was fiercely contested like most derbies, Sydney dominated the second half – and the Wanderers best player was goalkeeper Daniel Margush, who kept his side in the contest with a string of heroic saves.

Brazilian striker Bobo proved the difference for Sydney, who sealed the win for the champions with a header in the second half.

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Sydney head coach Steve Corica said he was pleased to finally beat the Wanderers, after his side had a string of good performances against them in previous games without results.

“It’s been tough – no doubt about that,”Corica said.

“The last six games we haven’t beat them. I have always said the performances have been really good against them, just the results haven’t been great.

“You [have to] take your chances, which we did tonight.”

The first half was an arm wrestle and both sides had goals ruled out from corners, with referee Chris Beath spotting fouls in the lead up play to both incidents.

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The second half belonged to Sydney, who pressed the Wanderers in search of a goal but were continually denied by Margush, who looked defiant to keep the Sky Blues scoreless.

Just as it looked like Sydney fans may have been left to rue another dominant performance without a win, they were rewarded with a goal that their dominance deserved, largely thanks to Milos Ninkovic.

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In the 62nd minute, the Serbian found space inside the box, before finding Bobo with a pinpoint cross. The Brazilian rose tallest between two Wanderers defenders, and powered home a header past Margush.

Bobo’s header would prove to be the winner, and Corica praised the goal after the match, stating that Sydney were unlucky to only score once.

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“It was a great build up and a great finish from Bobo. We got a fantastic result in what was a massive result for us,” Corica said.

“Maybe [it] could have been a little bit more … 2-0 would have been the right score line. The keeper made a couple of good saves.”

Sydney’s win means they have won three games straight for the first time this season to sit outright second on the ladder. There are now only two games left to play in the regular season.

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Finishing second gives A-League teams an easier route to the grand final, due to the finals series format, and Sydney’s ability to finish second is now in their own hands.

The Sky Blues kept a clean sheet in all three wins this week. Corica said he was “very pleased” to win the games without conceding, stating that Sydney were building momentum at the perfect time of the season.

“It’s the right time [to build momentum]. It’s come at the right time,” Corica said.

“Three wins in a row which is great. We needed to pick up maximum points.

“We still want to finish second and give ourselves the best chance of winning that grand final, and I think we have put ourselves in a great position with two games to go.

“We are definitely playing well and getting results now, and scoring a little bit more freely.”

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Sydney finish their regular season with games away to Adelaide and Brisbane – who are also chasing wins as they look to secure finals positions.

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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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