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Vukovic key to Sydney FC league dominance

AAP logoAAP 17/12/2016 By Chris Pike

A lot of factors are behind Sydney FC being unbeaten and seven points clear on top of the A-League but coach Graham Arnold feels none are more important than goalkeeper Danny Vukovic.

Vukovic again starred in Saturday night's 4-1 win over Perth Glory in Perth with two spectacular saves to deny Rostyn Griffiths and Adam Taggart.

Sydney have conceded five goals in 11 games and Arnold is full of praise for the exploits of his 'keeper.

"Danny Vukovic for me is the best goalkeeper in the country. We've only conceded five goals all season and he's had a major role to play in that," Arnold said.

"It's always good to have a goalkeeper that saves you points, but also that the players in front have a huge amount of belief and confidence in that they know it will take a good goal to get past him."

Vukovic has never been shy of letting his teammates know when he's not happy and he delivered a tirade to Michael Zullo against Perth. Arnold would prefer he was a little less demonstrative, but knows his heart's in the right place.

"I prefer that we speak about it but he's an emotional guy and a winner. If he sees something out there that's not right, I can't fix it on the sideline but he can straightaway," he said.

"We'll talk about it, but we have such a great group of boys and such great team spirit where all the guys socialise together with families that are close. The main goal is to win and to be successful."

Captain Alex Brosque was again impressive scoring a classy goal in the 21st minute and delivering the cross for Filip Holosko to put the Sky Blues up 2-1. Arnold is delighted with his form and leadership.

"He is just such a fantastic leader now," Arnold said.

"When I made him captain two years ago the armband probably didn't sit that comfortably on his arm, but you see the passion the guy has now and the way he works and leads from the front."

Bernie Ibini again came off the bench earning and converting a penalty. Arnold only expects to give him more minutes as he works back from a devastating broken leg.

"Bernie's pushing me hard now. There's not many players in Australia who excite the fans like he can and he's a handful, and once he gets into open space, he's frightening," Arnold said.

"I actually think he's stronger than what he was when I had him with the Mariners and in the first year at Sydney. He's quicker too and he will be the player in January to bring us home."

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