Arnold demands more of leaders

02 January 2018 19:51:45 GMTPlus10

He got the performance he was after in the 6-0 thrashing of Perth Glory, and now Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold wants his team to stay at that level.

The Sky Blues go into a top-of-the-table clash with Newcastle Jets at Allianz Stadium on Wednesday looking to extend their gap at the top of the A-League to 11 points.

I've asked them the question of the score this week, they need to answer the question.

Graham Arnold

They would make it eight consecutive wins if they overcome Ernie Merrick's side, having started that sequence by beating the Jets 2-1 at the same venue in mid-November.

The Sky Blues have only conceded two goals in their last five games, scoring 19 themselves in that time.

If Arnold had any criticism after the Glory match it was that his side had only scored once in the first half before firing in another five - including a second consecutive hat-trick for Bobo - after the interval.

But after challenging his team in their build-up to the game to secure a six-goal win, he watched them do so as they made it an eight-point gap to second-placed Newcastle.

Speaking of the Jets clash, Arnold said: "I want 95 minutes of a great performance. I've asked them the question of the score this week, they need to answer the question."

The Sky Blues coach said his side had taken time to break apart Perth, who had been set up defensively by coach Kenny Lowe.

He added: "The players themselves have this great belief and they're in such a great headspace, I challenged them again after the game I said to them 'you've given me 45 good minutes out of 95 and I want 95' and I expect that tomorrow night and I believe it'll be our greatest performance.

"The boys are fantastic, they're great, they're all fit and recovered exceptionally well from the game. The spirits are very high, the belief is very high and we're excited for the game."

Sydney FC are 1.83 to win the Grand Final.

The Sky Blues are 1.57 to beat Newcastle, who are 6.00 with the draw 4.20.

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