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Reds better when it counted: Topor-Stanley

  • Reds better when it counted: Topor-Stanley

    ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 01: Nikolai Topor-Stanley, Kearny Baccus, Dimas and Scott Neville of the Wanderers of the Wanderers look on dejected after the 2015/16 A-League Grand Final match between Adelaide United and the Western Sydney Wanderers at Adelaide Oval on May 1, 2016 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images)

Western Sydney skipper Nikolai Topor-Stanley had few words, but the look on his face said it all.

The Wanderers were left to wonder where it all went wrong in their third grand final on Sunday, a 3-1 loss to Adelaide United.

"They performed better than us when it counted," Topor-Stanley said.

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"They were pretty efficient capitalising on our mistakes, and we just took a bit too long to get going."

The captain and defender was mostly blunt.

No, his team wasn't drained after last weekend's extra-time semi-final win over Brisbane.

Yes, the mood in the sheds was flat.

No, he hadn't had a chance to comfort the squad.

He elaborated a little more about the pain of three grand final defeats and the uncertainty of not knowing whether he'd be around long enough for another chance.

"Each one is different," Topor-Stanley said.

"But you never know when you are going to take part in another grand final.

"It takes 28 games to get there. It's a long way and hard work to get there.

"I still have another season on my contract so well see how we go."

There was also a hint of pride at the way the Wanderers never stopped trying to challenge for the match despite having gone down 2-0 by halftime.

"We always create chances in every game we play, it's not something that has lacked in our game," Topor-Stanley said.

"You don't convert every one. You have to keep going and believe you can score.

"We got one (goal), unfortunately we didn't get the second one.

"I don't think we played a different way or panicked. We were just unable to get it."

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