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We targeted Brisbane Roar’s goalkeeper Jamie Young, says Graham Arnold

Posted by on 29/06/2018

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Sydney FC planned to target the Roar’s goalkeeper Jamie Young which led to two wonder goals by the Sky Blues.

Sky Blues coach Graham Arnold revealed he had identified Young’s propensity to advance off his line which saw Marc Janko and Milos Dimitrijevic landing screamers either side of half-time as Sydney beat Brisbane 2-0.

“He is a fair way off his line,” Arnold said. “We noticed it against Perth Glory last week. I spoke to [the players] before the game [and told them] if they get the opportunity from 30 yards to try and clip the crossbar because he is always seven to eight metres off his line.”

The goal was Janko’s first since signing as Sydney’s marquee man this year. Arnold said the Austrian skipper was growing into the season.

“[It was a] great goal,” Arnold said. “We haven’t seen anywhere near the best of him. If you see what he does at training it’s frightening.”

The Sky Blues remain undefeated following their opening three games of the season.  Arnold said he had devoted a large chunk of the off-season to bringing the group together as a team.

“When I came to this club it wasn’t a team, it was a group of individuals,” Arnold said.  “I needed four months at this club.”

“I benefited from a long pre-season. “[I had] a lot of individual meetings with individual players. A lot of team-building exercises to bring them together. A lot of family functions to get the families involved.  I had to drive it at the start but they are now taking over. Now I don’t have to, I don’t have to go any more which is good.

“I wanted ownership and to give responsibility to the senior players. I had to educate the older players on how to be good leaders.”

Meanwhile, Roar coach Mike Mulvey backed his side to return to form. The Roar became just the second club in A-League history to lose their opening three games as they struggle to defend their title.

“We’ve got two weeks off before we play Melbourne City,” Mulvey said. “Regardless of what the result was we had 10 days planned for quality training. We know we’re not getting the results we want. Before tonight I was happy with their performances.

“The buck stops with me. I’ll be the one analysing the situation and making sure the players know where we need to improve.  This one hurts because we never like to lose to Sydney. I built this up as a State of Origin contest.”

This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

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