A-League leaders Sydney FC moved 12 points clear at the top of the points table after their 4-0 victory over Wellington Phoenix on Friday at Allianz Stadium.
This was the Sky Blues 14th unbeaten league match this time under the watchful eye of Socceroos boss Bert Van Marwijk.
The new Dutch Socceroos’ coach arrived in Sydney from the Netherlands to watch the A-League Friday, Saturday and Sunday matches and start the process of analysing and scouting, before making his squad selection for the March friendlies against Norway in Oslo and Colombia in London
“Tonight it was about all the Australian boys showing the national team coach their best performance,” Graham Arnold
“I was driving that all week. [I said] ‘Bert’s probably at the game with a clean sheet of paper and he needs to put some names on it. This is your opportunity’.
“I think a few of them took that opportunity.”
Luckily for the Sky Blues coach his team were on form and were two goals up inside the first 15 minutes down to to individual errors within the Phoenix team and were a further two goals up in the second half.
Alex Brosque scored the first dribbling past Rossi and Italiano before tapping into an empty net.
The 2nd saw Brosque’s cheeky backheel to Adrian Mierzejewski, who ran into the box and smashed the ball low and hard past Italiano.
After the break Daniel Mullen gifted Ninkovic a free run on goal, before substitute Carney tapped home Aaron Calver’s low cross to complete the rout.
“We played excellent tonight. You’ve got to give full credit to the boys,” Arnold told Fox Sports.
“Some of the football was the best we’ve played since I’ve been at Sydney.
“It could have easily been more than four or five. It could have been eight or nine.
“The first half we missed three or four one on ones. The way we played tonight was very satisfying.”