Sydney cruise to eighth straight Big Blue win ahead of Wanderers clash

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Sydney FC have begun a crucial week in their season by beating Melbourne Victory 2-0, condemning their rivals to an eight straight Big Blue defeat in the process.

Brazilian striker Bobo was a last-minute inclusion in the starting line-up after Trent Buhagiar suffered an injury in the match warmup.

This gifted Sydney fans an Adam Le Fondre and Bobo partnership for the first time – and the two star strikers did not take long to showcase the potential of the blossoming partnership.

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In the 10th minute, Sydney midfielder Luke Brattan found le Fondre from a corner, who fired a header at Victory keeper Matt Acton. Sadly for Acton he could only parry the header into the path of Bobo, who bundled the ball into the net from point-blank range to score his ninth goal of the season.

Sydney head coach Steve Corica said it was pleasing to see Bobo and le Fodre combine so well in their first match together.

“I was excited,” Corica said.

“I thought it was good. They both combined well together for the first time they have played together, so I am looking forward to what’s to come for both of them.”

Sydney continued to dominate Victory after Bobo’s goal, and wrapped up the three points in the second half, following a moment of magic from midfielder Milos Ninkovic.

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In the 83rd minute, the Serbian skipped past an Adama Traore challenge and waltzed through the Victory midfield unchallenged, before playing in Kosta Barbarouses with a pinpoint pass. The Kiwi international has often been criticised this year for his wasteful finishing but he showed composure, firing it past Acton from close range.

The goal eased the nerves of Sydney supporters, and secured a crucial win for the Sky Blues as they look to cement second spot on the ladder ahead of the finals.

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Corica said Bobo has had a calming presence over Barbarouses and was full of praise for all of his attackers, pointing to the strength of Sydney’s strike-force after the return of le Fondre from India.

“Ever since Bobo has come into the side, I think that’s taken a bit of pressure off Kosta,” he said.

“Bobo’s scoring as well and I think with Adam coming in as well it’s a different picture.

“It gives us great strike-force up top with three of them, we expect goals from all three, if one has a bad day you hope the other two have a good day.”

The Big Blue has historically been a fierce contest between the two self proclaimed biggest teams in the league but in truth, this clash has been less of a derby and more of a whitewash in the favour of Sydney recently. The Sky Blues latest win over Victory means they have now won the past eight clashes between the sides, a record in this fixture.

All eyes now shift to Sunday afternoon when the Sky Blues host Western Sydney Wanderers in their final home game of the season at Sydney Cricket Ground.

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Sydney have struggled against the Wanderers this season, and Corica noted the importance of a derby win as the A-League regular season draws to a close.

“We dominated both the games we played this year [against Wanderers] with no result,” he said.

“It’s about preforming well, but again, getting three points. That’s the main thing at the end of the day.

“I would prefer to get three points against them and play badly. It’s important that we win against them.”

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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