Arnold revels in another derby triumph

26 February 2018 08:36:15 EST

Graham Arnold enjoyed claiming bragging rights as his Sydney FC side beat Western Sydney 3-1.

For the Sky Blues coach, the derby victory emphasised the dominance his club have had against their rivals.

Their 52-point haul so far is double that of Wanderers, and they've won 10 more games than Josep Gombau's side.

Though Western Sydney did take an early lead through Spaniard Oriol Riera, they were ultimately well beaten.

Adrian Mierzejewski's double overturned that lead and Bobo's 21st goal of the league campaign secured the points for the home side at Allianz Stadium.

Arnold did not mind rubbing a little salt into Western Sydney's wounds after the game when he spoke of his feelings about the derby.

"Everyone thinks they (WSW) will be competitive but at the end of the day, the stats don't lie it's a pretty lopsided derby, the most lopsided out of all the derbies. In 14 games, we've lost one," said the coach.

The Sky Blues showed no ill-effects from their midweek Asian Champions League trip to Shanghai, and Arnold described it as a fantastic performance.

"We dominated the whole game, we had the majority of the play and the boys did fantastically well to back up after the Wednesday night to put in a performance like that," added the coach.

"There are still six games to go and there'll be no foot off the pedal - we're going for the points tally record again."

When they won the premiership last season, Sydney FC collected 66 points and had a 17-point gap at the top.
 
To beat that record they'll have to pick up another 15 points from their remaining six matches.

Sydney FC are 12121/1 to win the Grand Final.

The Sky Blues are 17/20 to win their next game against Newcastle Jets, who are 14/5 with the draw 3/1.

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