Arnie gives me confidence, says goal hero Naumoff

Sydney FC youngster Christopher Naumoff was delighted to score his first goals for the Sky Blues in the FFA Cup win over Sydney United 58 and says new coach Graham Arnold has given him the confidence to express himself.

Naumoff was prominent in the 3-1 win over the NSW State League side, scoring two sensational long distance strikes.

The young attacker opened Sydney FC’s account with a brilliant 30-yard effort in the 23rd minute and then put the Sky Blues back in front on 60 minutes with a special volley.

It was Naumoff’s first goals for the first-team after joining the club’s youth side from the Sutherland Sharks in 2011.

“It’s always great to score but even better feeling to do it for the team and see us progress to the next stage of the FFA Cup,” Naumoff told FourFourTwo.

“It’s a very good feeling to score any type of goal, so yes I was very pleased to score the two tonight.

“Sydney United 58 gave us a hard game as we expected, but we stuck to our game plan and ended up winning the match.

“It was a large crowd for the FFA Cup creating a great atmosphere for the game.”

Naumoff made his A-League debut in 2013 and has made 10 appearances for Sydney FC.

The 19-year old midfielder is being tipped for a prominent role in Graham Arnold’s side this season.

“I enjoyed playing in the game tonight and the artificial grass was something different to what we are used to but we adapted well,” Naumoff added.

Naumoff started off against Sydney United 58 in a central position, filling the number 10 role. The Young Socceroo said he is already feeling the benefits of Arnold’s coaching.

“He has already done so much to improve my development, and he gives me confidence to express myself,” Naumoff said.

“I have the upmost respect for him and all the coaching staff and players.”

The Sky Blues now face Adelaide United at home in the quarter-finals of the Cup.

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If you didn't see it, those were two Awesome goals by Christopher Naumoff 19 years old. Clearly Ange, Arnold and Kosmina to a lesser extent do wonders in uncovering young Aussie talent and making our future bright. Can't wait to see more of Naumoff after tonight. Gameiro didn't do as much tonight as he usually does.