Bobo bursts Newcastle’s bubble

Sydney FC have shown Newcastle Jets whose boss with a 2-1 victory at Allianz Stadium. The Jets suffered their first defeat under Ernie Merrick ending their unbeaten start to the season. While Graham Arnold’s side returned to winning ways after falling to the Central Coast Mariners last week. Milos Ninkovic and Bobo found the back of the net in either half and Dimitri Petratos got one back for Newcastle. But it was the Brazilian Bobo who was the best on the field, leading from the front.

Bobo was heavily involved in the win touching the ball 65 times which was the fifth highest in team and a lot more than strikers usually touch the ball. In his involvements he made 38 passes completing 76.5 per cent of them. He duelled for the ball 27 times but the only blemish to his performance is he only won six duels.

He turned three Newcastle players inside out including a flashy nut meg to assist Ninkovic’s opener and his first of the campaign. He created four other chances for his teammates including a one-on-one for captain and record breaker Alex Brosque however Jack Duncan reacted quickly and was up to the task.

The same can’t be said for Bobo’s goal. Crisis seemed to have averted when the Brazilian striker failed to control a cross into the box but the opportunity wasn’t over as Duncan fumbled the ball in the direction of Bobo to double Sydney’s advantage and tap in his 20th goal in Sydney colours.

Sydney needed that performance to get them back into the groove and back on top following last week’s upset loss to the Mariners and ahead of the FFA Cup final against Adelaide.

The 32-year-old has shrugged off any claims of the second year syndrome scoring his fifth goal of the 2017-18 season and if he continues to play the way he did against the Jets there will be many more to come.

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