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Wanderers skipper reveals derby pain

  • Wanderers skipper reveals derby pain

Western Sydney skipper Nikolai Topor-Stanley has spoken of the pain of his side's poor derby record against bitter cross-town rivals Sydney FC.

The Wanderers haven't won a derby since January 2014, losing four of their five A-League meetings with the Sky Blues.

Speaking ahead of Saturday's clash with Sydney, Topor-Stanley said they were intent on arresting their form slump against their rivals.

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"It's not the best record to go into a derby and it definitely does hurt especially as they are our cross-town rivals," Topor-Stanley told Sky Sports Radio.

Topor-Stanley admitted the sold out clash at Pirtek Stadium was "massive".

"I'd absolutely be lying to say it's another three points," Topor-Stanley said.

"We want to put a statement out there, we want to send our fans at home out winners and continue the winning run into the finals."

One of the most intriguing story lines surrounding the derby is the presence of Sky Blues attacker Ali Abbas, who made a fairytale return from injury to score in his side's 2-0 win over Newcastle on Saturday.

Abbas, who Topor-Stanley considers a good friend, is set to return to the scene of the horrific tackle which left him sidelined for more than 13 months with two torn ligaments in his left knee.

"I was one of the first people to message him about his injury, you never want to see a fellow professional injured," Topor-Stanley said.

"It's a horrible thing to see."

But Topor-Stanley isn't interested in the hype surrounding Abbas' return to Parramatta, preferring to focus on the possession game which has underpinned the Wanderers' success this season.

"It's no secret we've tweaked a few things to change our style this year and in turn we've got a lot more of the ball this year," Topor-Stanley said.

"We've drafted in some quality players to really exploit other teams in the attacking third."

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