Sydney FC are winless in four A-League matches after an erratic and feisty goalless draw with Wellington underscored by wider fan discontent.
SCOREBOARD: SYD – WEL
|Sydney FC – Phoenix|
|at SFS, November 26 2015|
|two||Shots on target|
|13||Shots off target||six|
|Sydney FC: Nil|
Wellington Phoenix: Nil
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Each teams have been far from their ideal in front of a diminished 9,253-powerful crowd at the Sydney Football Stadium on Thursday night, which left the Phoenix with no a victory in 4 straight away fixtures.
Foul soon after foul disrupted the rhythm of play – Sydney conceded 29 to Wellington’s 14 – as Sky Blues captain Alex Brosque, himself accused of theatrics for two perceived dives, grew increasingly frustrated with referee Chris Beath.
In spite of unleashing 15 shots on purpose to their opponents’ six, the Sky Blues could not put the ball previous goalkeeper Glen Moss.
Brosque had some of the ideal probabilities on objective, finding the woodwork on the break in the final 5 minutes only to see the ball trickle across the goalmouth.
His frustration was clear as he and Manny Muscat faced off soon after a challenge in the box.
Brosque continued his discussion with Wellington’s Vince Lia following the whistle, though it appeared in slightly far better spirits.
Sydney coach Graham Arnold had signalled he may possibly start fresh legs soon after the weekend’s sweltering battle in Perth, but in the end fielded an unchanged line-up.
It was possibly explanation for why the Phoenix pulled most of the midfield strings, as Roly Bonevacia continued his exercising of attracting numerous opponents prior to trying to escape.
But there was constantly the feeling Sydney would be the side to make good in the front third, perhaps because of their large advantage in shots on objective, or possibly it was due to Filip Holosko’s standout display on the proper wing.
Twelve minutes in, the Slovakian international pounced on a defensive error at the edge of the box and curled the ball slightly wide of purpose.
Ten minutes later, he chipped a beautiful cross into the path of an onrushing Brosque, who sent it out for a corner.
It was a moment mirrored in the second half when Holosko broke away again and slipped the ball into space in the penalty region, only for the skipper to hook it wide of a beckoning objective.
Midway by means of the cramped proceedings, a smaller sized-than-usual gathering of Sydney’s The Cove supporters created clear their feelings about Sunday’s News Corp Australia post which named almost 200 individuals banned from matches.
“You can name us, attempt and shame us, but you are going to by no means break us,” read the initial of the group’s banners, whilst an additional read “FFA standing silent as our rights are trampled” in a reference to Football Federation Australia’s belated response this week, which included calling for an finish to threats against journalist Rebecca Wilson.
The match abruptly opened up in the second half with the introduction of Brandon O’Neill, Andrew Hoole and Matt Simon, as probabilities have been squandered and Shane Smeltz was handed a yellow card for a challenge on former team-mate Andrew Durante.
Roy Krishna penetrated the Sky Blues’ backline but could not uncover Bonevacia in the box.
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