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Sydney FC's Holosko to return for derby

  • Sydney FC's Holosko to return for derby
  • Sydney FC's Holosko to return for derby

Sydney FC have become the first team in A-League history to avoid defeat on the road in 16 straight games following their 1-0 win over Newcastle on Saturday night.

The victory means last year's grand finalists haven't been beaten on the road since a 3-1 loss to Adelaide at Coopers Stadium in March, 2014.

But while he was pleased with their historic achievement, coach Graham Arnold said his team needed to lift in front of their home fans for their highly-anticipated derby against cross-town rivals Western Sydney next week.

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"Our away form's always good, but we've got to fix up our home form," he said.

And most of their improvement surrounds an alarming trend of being unable to turn their dominance in possession into goals.

Last week against Melbourne City, Arnold's men had eight shots on target to one and only came up with the solitary goal.

On Saturday night, the Sky Blues needed an 89th minute header from skipper Alex Brosque despite enjoying 60 per cent possession.

The second half in particular made for frustrating viewing in their front third, with Smeltz botching a one-on-one opportunity with the goalkeeper, and Brosque hitting the woodwork.

Defender Sebastian Ryall was even carded for simulation in the box that drew the ire of his own coach.

"I just had a go at him about it because there's no need for it," Arnold said.

"At the end of the day, he was passed him. He could've scored. I don't condone diving."

The former Central Coast manager said his attacking men needed to produce better runs.

"Our decisions weren't fantastic," Arnold said.

"We worked on it on Tuesday this week we'll work on it again because we've got the quality players in there to give those passes, but the runs need to be better."

Marquee signing Filip Holosko is expected to be back after missing the Jets clash with a hamstring complaint.

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