Sydney FC forward Christopher Naumoff has described the club’s extra-time FFA Cup win over Melbourne City as a tough game, adding there is more improvement to come from the Sky Blues.
Goals to Corey Gameiro and Nick Kalmar meant the score was tied at 1-1 after 90 minutes, before two successful penalties by Ali Abbas in the second half of extra-time secured Sydney’s passage to the next round on a chilly Tuesday night in Ballarat.
Naumoff replaced Nicky Carle in the 77th minute and had a shot to win the match in the final minute deflected over the bar.
“Tough game, as it was the first of our FFA Cup games in cold conditions and a good opportunity to improve our ongoing form still being in pre-season,” Naumoff said.
“It was great to get the result in extra time, with a promising performance by the boys tonight.”
Naumoff said new coach Graham Arnold has already had a good impact on the Sky Blues.
“The atmosphere in the club has been great,” the Young Socceroo said.
“The new players have fit in really well and team spirit is high. Graham Arnold gives you confidence as a young player to express yourself while keeping a level head at the same time.”
Naumoff made his debut for Sydney FC in the first game of the 2013-2014 A-League season.
The promising 19-year old attacking midfielder/striker accrued 10 appearances in that campaign and is keen for more opportunities after recently agreeing to a new two-year contract with the Sky Blues.
“It is great to have signed a two-year deal with Sydney FC, my hometown and the club I have been with since I was 16 playing National Youth League,” Naumoff said.
“My goals for this season would be to push myself in training, to get as much game time as possible, and improve myself as a player.
“I’m looking forward to the upcoming A-League season. Graham Arnold has already been a great influence on my development.
“I’m looking forward to improving every day under his guidance, as well as all the coaching staff at Sydney FC.”