Sky Blues go 12 points clear

03 February 2018 07:14:07 EST
Alex Brosque

Sydney FC had few problems brushing aside Wellington Phoenix 4-0 at Allianz Stadium as they opened up a 12-point lead at the top of the A-League.

Skipper Alex Brosque and Adrian Mierzejewski scored inside the opening 15 minutes, with Milos Ninkovic and David Carney adding more goals after the break.

It means Graham Arnold's side are closing in fast on a second consecutive Premier's Plate, with just eight games left.

Once the Sky Blues had scored their first two goals there was no way back for the bottom side, and Arnold was happy with his team's performance.

"We kept possession extremely well, we kept our structure very well and the score could've easily been a couple of figures," he said.

"We restricted them to just one shot, and these types of games can be a test because when you're winning comfortably it can be easy to lose focus but we remained concentrated tonight."

He said the team's performance entertained him, adding: "When you see that frontline working together, the combination play and the opportunities we create, it is a fantastic front-line."

Michael Zullo created the opener on eight minutes, beating his man to surge down the touchline before crossing to Brosque who rounded keeper Lewis Italiano and finished into an empty net.

Within six minutes it was 2-0 as Phoenix defenders Goran Paracki and Andrew Durante got in a mix up and Brosque nipped in to back-heel the ball to Mierzejewski and the in-form Pole fired home.

Wellington survived another hour without conceding a goal, but the Sky Blues then rounded off the win with two more.

First Ninkovic seized on a loose ball to home in on goal and dink the ball over the onrushing Italiano.

Then with five minutes left the Serbian broke through the defensive line and found Carney. He laid the ball off to Aaron Calver and got in position to receive the fullback's first-time cross to net from six yards out.

The Sky Blues are 11/10 to win their next game against Melbourne City, who are 5/2 with the draw 5/2.

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