Ninkovic shines as Sky Blues stretch unbeaten run
THE Sydney FC juggernaut just keeps rolling on.
Graham Arnold had said during the week that he felt like his team still had a long way to go to reach its peak.
For the opening 25 minutes of the Sky Blues' clash with Wellington, the audience got a glimpse of that top gear.
Sydney simply blew the Phoenix out of the water with arguably its most complete performance of the season yet.
It started in the third minute, when Milos Ninkovic released Alex Brosque, who went on a daring run before looping a cross in for Rhyan Grant, who delivered a perfect header past Glen Moss for the opening goal.
But the Sky Blues weren't done yet.
Ninkovic started a chain of team brilliance that ended with Grant setting up Bobo for a header in one of the goals of the season.
"Graham Arnold said his team hadn't reached perfection yet. They just did," Andy Harper said on Fox Sports.
"We might just have seen the goal of the season."
To Wellington's credit, it worked its way back into the game, with a cheeky backheel from Alex Rodriguez giving it the confidence to press on after half-time.
But after earlier seeing the brilliant side of Sydney FC, in the second half it showed its ugly, ruthless streak.
Just as it looked to be wearing thin at 2-1, with Harper noting they seemed "creaky", Sydney FC struck.
That blow proved to be the decisive one.
The Sky Blues pounced on a Wellington defensive error, with Ninkovic showcasing some fancy footwork before precisely driving home his team's third goal.
Fox Sports' Mark Rudan praised Sydney's work post-match, comparing them to a machine.
"That's what they are, a machine," he said.
"A well-oiled, well-timed machine."
Ninkovic was brilliant against the Phoenix, consistently picking up the ball in the centre of the park and creating golden opportunities for his teammates.
Perhaps the most impressive moment was for Sydney's second goal.
Seemingly trapped in his own half, with minimal room to move, Ninkovic unleashed a divine ball to centre-back Jordy Buijs.
Ninkovic's ball unlocked the play completely, opening up the right hand side of the pitch for the Sky Blues to complete a remarkable team goal, with Bobo providing the decisive header.
To top things off, when Sydney needed a player to step up in the second half, Ninkovic was there to give it a crucial two-goal buffer.
Teammate Grant praised Ninkovic's work off the ball after the game.
"Ninko, he runs as many Ks as anyone else," he told Fox Sports.
"It's amazing the things he can do on the ball as well as what he does off the ball too.
"He's just a freak really."