How Sydney FC fare without Milos Ninkovic

Milos Ninkovic has quickly become one of the league’s best players signing for Sydney FC in 2015. The Serbian has won three titles with the Sky Blues and was awarded the Johnny Warren Medal for player of the season in 2016-17. A week and a half after Sydney defeated Adelaide United 2-1 to claim the FFA Cup, they travelled to Coopers Stadium and recorded a 1-0 win thanks to a Bobo strike on the stroke of half-time. Ninkovic hasn’t featured since that FFA Cup victory, but that doesn’t seem to have any influence on Graham Arnold’s side.

Milos Ninkovic has made 60 appearances in the past three seasons, and has only missed five matches and despite the attacker being so impactful when he’s on the pitch, Sydney are actually unbeaten in five matches without him.

1-0 win over Adelaide United
Bobo’s sixth goal of the season earned Sydney FC a 1-0 win over Adelaide in Round 9 of the 2017-18 and helped maintain their spot on top of the table.

3-1 win over Brisbane Roar
Days after their FFA Cup triumph Sydney FC hosted a struggling Brisbane Roar at Allianz Stadium. Despite it being their third match in seven days the defending champs showed no signs of fatigue racing out to a 2-0 lead early thanks to goals from David Carney and Adrian Mierzejewski. Sebastian Ryall added a third late on before Jack Hingert scored a consolation for the visitors. Oh yeah, and a couple of players got sent off.

1-1 draw with Wellington Phoenix
Needing a rest before the finals and to wanting to travel overseas Ninkovic missed Sydney FC’s 1-1 draw with Wellington in Round 26 of last season. Ninkovic scored a stoppage time winner at the venue earlier in the season, and the Sky Blues looked to record the same result without him when Bobo scored from the spot after 72 minutes. Mike McGlinchey’s equaliser however saw Sydney play out just their sixth draw of the campaign.

2-2 with Central Coast Mariners
Sydney FC missed the 2015-16 finals series after going 11 matches without a win during the end of the season. One of those matches was a draw with wooden spooners Central Coast Mariners. A Milos Ninkovic-less Sydney FC led 2-0 at the break thanks to George Blackwood and Shane Smeltz. However Roy O’Donovan and Harry Ascroft scored late to secure a 2-2 draw.

3-1 win over Central Coast Mariners
The Serbian mustn’t like the Central Coast because he also missed the Round 4 encounter of the 2015-16 season. The match was also Matt Simon’s first at Central Coast Stadium after leaving the club and his late brace earned the Sky Blues a 3-1 victory.

 

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