Western Sydney’s robust left back Scott Jamieson says that failure is not an option when the Wanderers take on Brisbane Roar in the A-League Semi Final at a packed Pirtek Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
The home team will be looking to avenge their previous play-off encounter with the Roar which resulted in a 2-1 win to Brisbane in the 2014 Grand Final.
In the previous three games between the two teams this season Western Sydney have a record of two losses and one win.
But with a place in the biggest game of the football calendar on the line, Jamieson won’t even consider the notion of failing.
“I won’t even answer that,” he said.
“In regards to that I don’t look at it as a glass half empty. I’m looking as we are going to go there to put our best foot forward and try and play our best and I don’t think about whether it’s going to be a failure or success.
"First and foremost, I want to look at the scoreboard at the end of the game and see that the Wanderers have a goal or we have the W next to our name. In these games that’s the most important thing.
“The process is, that we have to play our game and play to our strengths and be at our best to beat a very good team. And if we do that then I’m sure that it will go a long way to trying to achieve our goal and that is the be the best team in the league.”
Wanderland will take its final bow in its current form on Sunday with a complete overhaul of the stadium planned. Even though Western Sydney Wanderers have won eight and drawn two of their last 12 matches at home this A-League season, Jamieson doesn’t consider that playing in front of their supporters will be a factor in who will come out on top.
“I don’t really look at things in terms of oh they’re favourites because they’ve beaten us twice in the A-League or we’re favourites because we’ve had a week off or because we’re playing at home,” he said.
“With regards to us playing at home, we love to play at home against any team. You feel you have the support behind you have that kind of lift.
“We are pretty fortunate at the Wanderers regardless of if we play at home or away because we always have fans. If we weren’t playing at home this weekend, I’d still feel confident as we have those fans that travel around.
“It’s the last game at Pirtek before it’s redeveloped, I’m sure they’ll have a very special atmosphere and one that is hopefully topped off by us qualifying for the Grand Final.”
- Con Stamocostas is an Australian football writer. Click here to see more of his work and check out the latest episode of his A-League Snobcast with co-host Rob Toddler.