Arnold praises Sky Blues goals output

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March 01, 2015 09:27:09 UK

Graham Arnold has praised his in-form strikers after the derby win.

Graham Arnold is happy with the goalscoring form of his Sydney FC side, after they took derby honours with a 4-3 win over Western Sydney Wanderers at Pirtek Stadium.

The Sky Blues have now scored 19 goals in their past five games, and are joint second-top scorers in the A-League.

They can also boast the league’s top scorer in Austrian marquee Marc Janko, who struck twice to take his tally for the season to 12.

Thankfully we’re a team that can score goals. Our attack and going forward is good, we just tighten up our defence and we’ll have no problem at all.

Graham Arnold

It is a far cry from the way the team struggled for goals around the turn of the year when they went four consecutive matches without finding the net.

Arnold’s side had a 3-0 lead by the 25th minute as they exposed the bottom club’s defensive vulnerability, with Janko netting twice in the space of six minutes after an Ante Covic own goal.

Wanderers pegged them back with three goals in a 20-minute spell either side of the break, including two from new signing Kerem Bulut.

But the Sky Blues had the last word when Terry Antonis netted a fine goal with 15 minutes left, and they hung on for the victory after having Senegalese import Mickael Tavares sent off with eight minutes to play.

“I thought we played some really good stuff. It was just sloppiness that gave the goals away and we’ve got to tighten that up,” said Arnold.

“Thankfully we’re a team that can score goals. Our attack and going forward is good, we just tighten up our defence and we’ll have no problem at all.”

Sydney are 1.75 to win their next game against Newcastle Jets, who are 4.50 with the draw 3.75.

Western Sydney coach Tony Popovic was unhappy with the goals conceded but praised the way his side had fought back.

“The character they showed was fantastic. It was not of a team struggling with confidence but of a team that’s got belief,” he said.

Tavares will be suspended from Sydney’s next game against Newcastle Jets following his sending-off, while defender Alex Gersbach is also facing a ban after picking up his fifth yellow card of the campaign.

Sydney are 8.00 to beat the Jets 1-0.

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