After being widely panned for a lacklustre display in their nil-all draw with Brisbane, Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold has defended his troops' attacking record.
The Sky Blues remain top of the A-League after sharing the points with the Roar, but were forced to defend their defensive mindset following the dull spectacle.
After his side had zero shots on target during the top of the table clash, Brisbane coach John Aloisi accused Arnold of employing stifling tactics.
The Sydney FC mentor responded with a shrug of the shoulders, pointing out that championships are built on defence.
The Sky Blues have let past just two goals and have kept three clean sheets in five starts in 2015-16, but Arnold palmed off suggestions his side was guilty of playing a boring brand of football.
"At the moment we sit second for most shots on goal, just behind Melbourne City," Arnold said.
"We had one performance, in which both teams found it hard to play, it was an outstanding display defensively, but you can't hide the other games.
"And the other games show that we're controlling more possession in the opposition half than anyone. We're a work in progress."
The Sky Blues will meet Melbourne Victory - who are fresh off being crowned FFA Cup champions last weekend - in a grand final rematch at Allianz Stadium on Saturday night.
Sydney have taken the early ascendancy and have established themselves as the team to beat.
But Arnold played down their blazing, unbeaten start to the competition, adding that the fourth-placed Victory remained one of the most dangerous propositions because of the stability in their squad.
"I don't think you can compare the two seasons at this moment," Arnold said.
"In the A-League it takes until around round 10 until teams settle and the competition settles and the coordination and combinations start.
"What I will say is they're a very settled squad. Losing (Mark) Milligan and bringing in Ollie Bozanic is pretty much the only change that they've had over the last couple of years since Kevin Muscat's been in charge."