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Sky Blues stay perfect with Jets win

NZN 29/10/2016 Matt Encarnacion

Goals from skipper Alex Brosque and Milos Ninkovic set Sydney FC up for a 2-0 A-League win over Newcastle on Saturday, after the side battled a virus all week.

The competition pacesetters have now tallied a maximum 12 points from their season-opening four games and have still yet to concede a goal in the campaign.

It was done despite a virus forcing Arnold into making his first change to the line-up all season, inserting Brosque in for a sick David Carney.

"He's been sick since we got back from Wellington (last week), so he basically only trained yesterday for a half hour and that was it," Arnold said.

"Ninkovic was sick today as well. We've had a bit of a virus go through the team over the last few weeks where players have missed sessions through training.

"If anything, that was a bit of a concern for me, coming into this game. But again, we've got the depth and the quality that we can deal with it."

For the injury-ravaged Jets, the loss in front of 11,873 fans at McDonald Jones Stadium was their first of the year and easily their worst outing of the season.

The defeat for rookie coach Mark Jones was compounded by a possible knee injury to Ben Kantarovski, who had to be helped from the field late in the game.

It appeared to be an cruisy day at the office early for the visitors, who dominated possession and field position seemingly at will.

And it was a clinical Brosque who eventually got on the scoresheet with his third goal of the season.

Defender Michael Zullo charged onto an aerial ball in the 7th minute that fell to Milos Ninkovic, and he duly dinked over for a cutting Brosque into an empty box.

Immediately after the break, Ninkovic fired in his second goal in as many weeks.

A long-range effort from Newcastle's Filip Holosko could only be parried into the path of Ninkovic, who slotted home a straightforward chance to double his team's lead.

Jets coach Mark Jones admitted a miss from Steve Ugarkovic just before the break was a game-changer.

"We had a glorious opportunity at halftime. Ninety-nine times out of 100 Stevie scores that and if we score that, we come in at 1-1 and everything's fine," he said.

"The second goal, that was difficult and that was disappointing. We turned it over in dangerous areas and we paid a price for that."

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