Sydney FC boss Graham Arnold said his side’s ruthless attitude was behind their emphatic win over Blacktown City in their Westfield FFA Cup quarter-final on Wednesday night.
The Sky Blues avoided any potential Cup shock with an excellent performance to beat the PS4 NPL NSW champions 3-0 at Sydney United Sports Centre.
The result sees Sydney FC move into the semi-finals of the Westfield FFA Cup for the first time in their history and now just two wins away from the club’s first piece of silverware in six years.
“Professionalism and attitude,” Arnold told Fox Sports when asked the most pleasing aspect of his side’s display.
“You come out here and play on a different type of field that we’re not used to against a team that’s running on emotion highly because they’ve just won the NPL here in NSW.
“We went out with a great attitude and a ruthless attitude to win the game.”
New marquee striker Bobo made his first start for the Sky Blues and made an instant impression, setting up the opening two goals in the first half for Filip Holosko and David Carney.
The Brazilian then capped an eye-catching performance with a goal of his own 13 minutes from time, finishing off a superb cross from Michael Zullo.
“As a number nine like he is, he needs service,” Arnold said of Bobo.
“It will take a little bit of time but he’s settled in very well. I gave him the option of whether he wanted to start tonight and he said ‘I’m here to play, I want to play’.
“His contribution was outstanding, he set up two goals, scored one, worked hard in defence and I couldn’t be happier with him.”
Midfielder Brandon O’Neill was another strong contributor for Sydney FC and said his side’s display augurs well for the Hyundai A-League season.
“We’re playing some good football and we’ve been working hard in the pre-season to try and be more dangerous in attack and three goals tonight and looking good moving forward,” O’Neill told Fox Sports.
“Going into a game like this you can’t underestimate a team like Blacktown, you have to be professional.
“It comes down to your attitude whether you want to go out and you want to prove a point and get to a semi-final and a final and win it. And I think we showed that tonight.”