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Arnold hatches plan to improve Sydney FC

AAP logoAAP 29/10/2016 Matt Encarnacion

They've scored more goals than any other team in the opening month of the A-League but Sydney FC still aren't firing on all cylinders.

That's the belief of Sky Blues coach Graham Arnold, who isn't afraid to call out one of the few criticisms of his ladder-leading outfit's perfect start to their 2016-17 campaign.

The glamour club were irresistible early but failed to put Newcastle to the sword in their 2-0 win over the Jets on Saturday, doing just enough to collect their fourth straight win.

It means his men have tallied a maximum 12 points from their first four rounds but Arnold is refusing to get carried away.

"It's round four. It's nothing. For me there's so much more potential in this team," he said.

"They're starting to believe more and more of the quality of this team and what it can do. I think we'll evolve as the season goes on."

The third-year Sydney FC coach is delighted with his side's unblemished defensive record - they're yet to concede a goal this season - but their attack is far from the final product.

Of particular concern to Arnold is the ability of his midfielders to link with sole striker Bobo, despite the 31-year-old Brazilian's leading eight shots on goal. He has two of the Sky Blues' league-high 11 goals so far.

"With the ball, it's about timing of movement, timing of runs, weight of pass," Arnold said.

"Still disappointing for me a little bit is we're not finding Bobo when he's ready. Bobo's making fantastic runs in the box or in behind and we don't see him.

"The crosses are too late or we take one touch more than we need before we deliver. As a striker, once that happens, then you're left standing still.

"Once the combination and timing gets better and better between the boys, I think we'll end up in a real good place."

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