No attacking problems for Sydney FC coach

Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold has strongly denied that the Sky Blues have been poor in attack this season and says the stats have an unjust reflection.

This season, Sydney FC have scored 17 goals. While they lag behind free-scoring Melbourne City, who have put 32 goals in the back of the net, they are arguably close to the returns of

Melbourne Victory (17) and Western Sydney Wanders (20).

While Arnold admits that in some games his team have been misfiring in-front of goal, the Sky Blues boss refused to concede that his team have been completely lacking up-front.

“I disagree with that,” Arnold said in response.

“I totally disagree. Because if you look at the stats we are the second highest in the league of shots.

“We are second highest or highest with possession in the opposition’s half. And everyone talks about how well the Wanderers are going we’ve scored 17 goals and they’ve scored 20. It’s a perception.

“We’ve had two or three game where we weren’t flash but we drew the games. We’ve only lost two.

People have said we were dour and things like that but for me the last few weeks we’ve been more than good.

“We’ve hit the post more than probably any other team this year so we are definitely doing well. And as I said the stats tell the story.”

In Sydney FC’s last game against Melbourne City, Young Socceroo striker George Blackwood missed several chances to score. But Arnold believes that while his young charger didn’t score, he still put in an exceptional performance.

“He was excellent,” Arnold said.

“He’s 18 years of age and he played against two very, very experienced central defenders in Patrick Kisnorbo, an ex-international and Aaron Hughes a current international.The kid was outstanding.”

The Sky Blues will be without their Olyroo trio of Andrew Hoole, Brandon O’Neil and Alex Gersbach for the game against Newcastle Jets and Arnold says this gives an opportunity to some of his overseas imports to play.

“They’ll probably get a chance this weekend,” Arnold said.

“We’ve lost three players to the Olympic team and there’s a couple of spots open and they get to take the opportunity and keep it.

“We’ve had Milos Dimitrijevic and Jacques Faty on the bench and for me foreigners aren’t guaranteed starting positions, you have got to earn your staring position.

“The young Australian boys that have come in have done exceptionally well so it’s up to them to continue that.”