Sydney FC: We deserved to win against Kashima Antlers

Sydney FC: We deserved to win against Kashima Antlers

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Graham Arnold and Matt Simon believe Sydney FC were deserving of more than just one point in their Asian Champions League matchday four clash against J-League side Kashima Antlers.

Sydney came away from the match with just a point – a 1-1 draw – their second in Group H with the other coming away against Shanghai Shenhua.

Mu Kanazaki netted the opening goal in the 27th minute before Matt Simon eventually levelled with 20 minutes left to play.

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Following the match, Arnold told a media conference his team should have come away with all three points.

“I thought we were the better side, (it was) disappointing to concede off a set piece again,” he said.

“Kashima scored three goals against us (in two games), three from corners, not from general play.

“Overall I thought we were the better side. We deserved to win the game, but I suppose it was a good game to watch for the public and we move forward.

“I don’t think our goalkeeper had a save to make tonight. Their goalkeeper was busier than ours, but overall I felt that our young players did exceptionally well.

“We had some new players in tonight and they did exceptionally well and the senior players led them around the field very well.”

Striker Simon agreed with his manager’s sentiments when speaking with the host broadcaster after the match.

“Any other day, you’d come here and get a point and you’d be happy but we’re disappointed not to come away with three,” he said.

“We haven’t been outplayed in the tournament so far.

“The preparation will be the same for the next game.”

Just two points with as many games remaining means the Sky Blues are little more than an outside chance of sealing progression to the Round of 16.

They are five points behind K-League Classic side Suwon, who currently occupy second.

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