Carl Veart praised Adelaide United’s spirit as his side fought back with a gutsy second half performance to ruin Sydney FC’s night at Leichhardt Oval.
Bobo’s brace either side of half time wasn’t enough for the Sky Blues as the visitors struck late through Jordan Elsey and Tomi Juric to earn a well deserved 2-2 draw.
At 2-0 with 15 minutes to play, Sydney were edging towards a crucial win before Adelaide made a classy comeback and ensured a nervy finish.
“To come back from 2-0 down against the champions, I thought it showed tremendous spirit and character,” Veart said.
“I thought we had good control of the game. On another night we could have won the game.”
Sydney coach Steve Corica was left frustrated after watching his team concede a late equaliser for the second consecutive match.
“We conceded two sloppy goals and it was costly,” he said.
“At 2-0 I thought we were quite comfortable. Obviously when one goal goes in it causes a few problems and a few people start to panic and I think we did that.
“Once they got the second half they were on top of us.”
The result sees Adelaide join the Central Coast Mariners in second spot on the ladder, while the Sky Blues are three points further back as the race for a finals spot becomes too close to call.
It was as tight a start to the game as the race for the top six is.
Adelaide just dominated possession, but Sydney came within inches of taking the lead in the 10th minute when Milos Ninkovic’s ball across the goal just eluded the on-coming Bobo.
Then, barely five minutes later, Kosta Barbarouses had a glorious chance that he hit straight to the goalkeeper.
But it wouldn’t be much longer before the deadlock was eventually broken, with the Sky Blues providing a goal to relish.
Ninkovic’s exquisite through ball found Alex Baumjohann and the German squared the ball to Bobo, who tucked the ball into the back of the net.
It was the Brazilian’s 47th goal for Sydney, as he continues to prove himself as one of the A-League’s most lethal strikers.
Adelaide dropped off the pace slightly after conceding, but fought back to finish the half strongly.
Juric had a great effort that spun just wide of the post minutes before the break, which ended 1-0 to the champions.
And it took just five minutes after the break for the Sky Blues to double their lead, again through Bobo, when the Brazilian was on hand to poke the ball home after Barbarouses’ initial effort was saved by Joe Gauci.
Adelaide had a couple of good chances and finally got one back through Jordan Elsey in the 75th minute, before Juric equalised with a free kick four minutes later.
The visitors held their own all night and thoroughly deserved to take a point home, with Sydney holding on after Rhyan Grant was sent off with a minute to go for bringing down Craig Goodwin as the last man.
TIGHT AT THE TOP
Sydney FC will rue their missed chance to go further up the table with the race for the top six far too close to call.
Every team down to Western United in 8th spot can qualify for the finals, while Melbourne City, the Central Coast Mariners and Adelaide United are separated by just one point at the top.
Alexander Baumjohann put in one of his best performance in a Sky Blues shirt. He pulled the strings and had a hand in both goals Bobo scored. His efforts were recognised by the Sydney supporters, who gave him a rousing reception when he was substituted in the second half.