GRAHAM Arnold believes it's a matter of time before his Sydney FC team puts the opposition to the sword.
The Sky Blues impressed in their 2-0 win over Perth Glory at Allianz Stadium on Friday night but, as dominant as they were, they still needed two penalties to seal the points after missing a flurry of chances. But Arnold says when those opportunities are converted his side will run riot.
"Someone soon will cop it when we do execute," he said. "I was very happy with the performance.
"It was very dominant. It could have been seven or eight, but the execution wasn't there; too much thinking about finishing instead of the gut feel of just putting it away."
At the other end, Arnold was pleased Sydney kept a clean sheet after he spent the week tightening up his team's defence. They were uncharacteristically sloppy at the back in the Sydney derby, but now Arnold is looking for a more complete performance going forward.
"It's about combining both - the defence with the attack," he said. "We played very well, but what I see at training, we're nowhere near it. It will get greater and greater as the season goes on and once they get fitter. Even now I think they're the fittest team in the country, soon they'll run over the top of everyone.
"I know that we'll get much better. There's so much more to give in that team and so much more individually from the players to give and they will give more and more. It's a fantastic start."
The win over Perth means Sydney's unbeaten run has extended to 13 games, but the shambolic use of the VAR during the match threatened to take the shine off that achievement.
The players had to wait around for over four minutes from the time referee Shaun Evans pointed to the spot after a clear handball in the box by Joseph Mills, to the time Bobo converted the penalty.
The fiasco left Glory coach Kenny Lowe bemused, while Arnold, who appeared furious at the time, says it's something the game is just going to have to get used to.
"I don't know why it took so long, but at the end of the day it's there for a reason and I think it's more about everyone getting used to it," he said. "Shaun had to come over to the sideline to make sure and at the end of the day the decision was right."
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