SYDNEY FC were at their clinical best in the last Sydney derby with Western Sydney Wanderers to be played at Allianz Stadium.
Despite nine total shots compared to the Sky Blues’ eight, Western Sydney Wanderers couldn’t capitalise on their chances, losing last Sunday’s encounter 3-1.
“Everyone thinks they (WSW) will be competitive but at the end of the day, the stats don’t lie it’s a pretty lopsided derby, the most lopsided out of all the derbies.
In 14 games, we’ve lost one,” Sydney FC’s head coach Graham Arnold said.
“You go down one nil and there’s no panic. It’s like the players think we’ve been here before and we know we’ll get three or four.
“We’re better than them. It’s simple.”
The Sky Blues showed why they take their foreign scouting so seriously.
Brazilian Bob‘ bagged one goal and Poland international Adrian Mierzejewski, two, confirming Sydney FC’s impressive comeback win with a clinical display in front of goals.
The pair has now scored an impressive 33 goals between them in a total of 53 for the team.
The Wanderers will rue giving away the foul for the Pole’s moment of magic from a set piece just minutes before the half time break.
Mierzejewski weighed up his options before lifting the ball cleanly over the tightly packed Wanderers wall and off the crossbar, into the bottom of the net.
Eleven minutes into the second half, Ninkovic fired the ball into the box from a wide position, the Wanderers failed to clear and the loose ball was retrieved by Matt Simon before slipping it to the Pole who fired a low shot into the net.
Cue another “muscles” celebration.
Ninkovic was in the thick of it again in the 73rd minute, bursting through and laying off an exquisite assist for Bob‘, who curled a low ball past ex-Sydney FC keeper Vedran Janjetovic.
After the game, Mierzejewski brushed aside talk of fatigue from the mid-week two-all AFC Champions League draw with Shanghai Shenhua in China, after his two-goal starring display at Allianz.
“I read some news maybe we’d be tired, this and that, but we were ready physically to play two maybe three games in a row,” he said.
“We have 20 players ready to play. So we ticked that box and we are waiting for the next game.
“It was a good game, the weather wasn’t perfect. For us, it was good we were in China and there we had four days of rain.”