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Sydney Big Blue win one of the best: Arnie

AAP logoAAP 5/11/2016 Emma Kemp

He admits they rode their luck, but coach Graham Arnold has rated Sydney FC's comeback against Melbourne Victory as one of the club's best wins he's seen.

The Sky Blues sit five points clear at the top of the table after beating Victory 2-1 at Allianz Stadium to extend their perfect start to five games with the aim to make it six against Perth next weekend.

They were fortunate in the first half when Besart Berisha missed a penalty and Marco Rojas a sitter, before Mitch Austin eventually opened the scoring 41 minutes in.

But Arnold was full of praise for the way Sydney rebounded after the break, reverting to their possession-based style to set the scene for substitute David Carney's match-winning brace - though his equaliser came off a blatant handball.

"We didn't play our way in the first half," Arnold said.

"I just said to the boys at halftime that I'd rather lose playing our way.

"In the second half we did exceptionally well. It was probably one of the best victories we've had since I've been at the club."

It came on the back of Arnold's bold decision to replace marquee winger Filip Holosko with Carney, who played out of position on the right.

"I wanted to get him high and wired in a one-versus-one situation, which is his strength," he said.

"Some people may question why on the right-hand side, but I wanted him to cut inside onto his left foot and try to create some havoc, and he did."

Arnold knew Sydney got the rub of the green over their staunch Victorian rivals but backed referee Chris Beath's officiating.

"Chris handled the game quite well," he said.

"I could understand why Melbourne and Kevin may be a little bit upset, but at the same time next week that could turn around.

"It's football, it's the way it is - it happens all over the world."

The positive night threatened to become very different at one point when left-back Michael Zullo smashed his head into a pitchside table, in a worrying incident that could lead to a review of match-day practices.

Fortunately for the 28-year-old his face hit the top of the table rather than the corner, and after several minutes receiving medical attention he was able to play on, providing a classy throw-in for captain Alex Brosque to assist Carney's first goal.

"I think the table woke him up," Arnold said.

"He fired up after that, he was aggressive and that was the best part of his game the next 40 minutes.

"He was outstanding."

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