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Sydney stretch A-League lead

AAP logoAAP 4/12/2016 Emma Kemp and Steve Larkin

Sydney FC stretched their lead atop the A-League as defending champions Adelaide finally climbed off the canvas on Sunday.

Sydney's clinical 2-0 win against Newcastle gives Graham Arnold's side a six-point buffer one-third third of the way through the season.

Adelaide scored their first win of the campaign with a 2-0 home triumph against Wellington in what was also a breakthrough round for Western Sydney.

The Wanderers ended their six-match winless streak and squeezed back into the top six via a commanding 4-1 rout of Central Coast.

The Wanderers played the last 30 minutes a man down after goalkeeper Jerrad Tyson was red-carded for a reckless foul but it didn't stop super-sub Brendon Santalab sealing the impressive victory with a fifth goal of the season.

That next weekend's opponents Melbourne Victory were not on the right end of an equally dominant scoreline was scarcely believable.

Kevin Muscat's men buried Perth under a colossal weight of shots, possession and territory yet the resistant Glory somehow escaped AAMI Park with a 1-1 draw, stymieing Victory's attempt to jump back into second.

Second-placed Melbourne City paid the price for their midweek FFA Cup final strain, stuttering to a 1-1 stalemate with a disciplined Brisbane outfit which allowed Wednesday's victims Sydney FC to streak ahead at the top of the table.

City coach John van `t Schip made six changes to the starting line-up that lifted the club's first senior men's trophy but could not deliver in a physical, edgy contest that is fast becoming one of the league's most bitter rivalries.

The heated war of words between the two coaches erupted again when van `t Schip, who during the week told John Aloisi to stop "whining like a baby", accused Roar centre-back Jade North of trying to get his captain Bruno Fornaroli sent off by diving and feigning injury.

The Sky Blues rebounded from their FFA Cup final loss with a 2-0 defeat of Newcastle to set up a mouth-watering one versus-two rematch with Melbourne City at ANZ Stadium on Friday night.

"The most important thing for me is to recover and get the boys fresh," coach Graham Arnold said.

"They've had three games in a week and two lots of travel."

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