Sky Blues continue unbeaten run, set new record

Friday February 3, 2017

Sydney FC have moved 12 points clear at the top of the A-League and extended their unbeaten run to 18 games since the start of the season, after a 0-0 draw against Brisbane Roar.

The Sky Blues have also set a new Australian football record for the number of goals conceded after 18 games with eight, beating the record of 10 conceded by Wollongong Wolves at the same stage of the 1991/92 season.

Roar keeper Michael Theo was tested on numerous occasions by the Sydney FC attack while Sky Blues stopper Danny Vukovic also made some crucial saves in an end to end game.

Sydney FC look to continue their road to invincibility with a home game against Wellington Phoenix on Thursday night at Allianz Stadium.

Head Coach Graham Arnold recalled Rhyan Grant to the starting line up at right back while David Carney filled the left back role vacated by the suspended Michael Zullo. Aaron Calver made way with Charles Lokolingoy moving onto the bench. Alex Wilkinson made his 200th A-League appearance.

After the match, Arnold said, “Brisbane have a good record up here at Suncorp Stadium and we knew it would be a tough game.

“We had a few chances, good chances, they had a couple. I think ours were more clean cut but at the end of the day I think the fans go home after a good 0-0.”

Josh Brillante: “Our boys showed great character and we showed that until the end of the game.

“Right from the start we had plenty of chances and I think we did pretty well.”

Match Details:

Sydney FC drew with Brisbane Roar nil-all
Crowd: 13,095 at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Referee: Peter Green

Sydney FC: 20. Danny Vukovic (gk), 4. Alex Wilkinson, 5. Jordy Buijs, 6. Joshua Brillante, 9. Bobo, 10. Milos Ninkovic (11. Bernie Ibini 61’), 13. Brandon O’Neill, 14. Alex Brosque (c) (18. Matt Simon 81’), 17. David Carney, 21. Filip Holosko, 23. Rhyan Grant. Subs not used: 1. Andrew Redmayne (gk), 8. Milos Dimitrijevic, 25. George Timotheou. Yellow Cards: Grant 55’, O’Neill 62’. Red Cards: None.

Brisbane Roar: 1.Michael Theo (gk), 3.Luke Devere, 5.Corey Brown, 7.Thomas Kristensen, 9.Jamie Maclaren, 11.Tommy Oar (15.Arana 79’), 13.Jade North, 17.Matt McKay (c), 19. Jack Hingert, 22.Thomas Broich, 23.Dimitri Petratos (10.Brett Holman 70’). Subs not used: 21.Jamie Young (gk), 4.Daniel Bowles, 8.Jacob Pepper. Yellow Cards: North 27’, Hingert 76’, Kristensen 83’. Red Cards: None.

News Source: Sydney FC