Western Sydney Wanderers defender Scott Jamieson says his side are not motivated by revenge ahead of tomorrows Sydney derby, while their captain agrees that emotions can’t get in the way.
The Wanderers haven’t overcame their rivals in two years. Sky Blue Serbian import Milos Ninkovic snatched all three points with the only goal of the game in the last Sydney Derby at round three of the A-League.
But Jamieson doesn’t subscribe to the notion that this clash is motivated by revenge, despite his teams growing record of derby defeats.
“It’s a derby game, it’s special and we’ll take it for that not just for revenge that’s for sure,” Jamieson said.
“Regardless of ‘had we had won in round three’, it would still be the same feeling and the same excitement going into the game.
“Having only played in one derby it’s is probably one of the most special games I’ve ever played in if not the most special.
“To get the opportunity to play in it again is really exciting. We don’t really see it has revenge.”
Unlike Jamieson, Wanderers captain Nikolai Topor-Stanley has played in his fair share of derbies having represented the club for four years and making over 50 appearances in the red and black.
He may have made his first A-League appearance in the blue of rivals Sydney FC, but the 30-year-old will go about business with no-strings attached.
“It’s not a pretty record,” Topor-Stanley said on the Daily Record, when speaking of his sides poor derby form.
“But we have got to keep emotions in check as much as possible.
“It is a derby game - it’s not just another game. It’s a game we desperately want to win.”
A win for the Wanderers will give them a six-point gap away from the Sky Blues, and a chance to gain top spot on the ladder. But a win for Sydney will see them join the Wanderers on 27 points.
“All I can hope for is that the Wanderers win,” Jamieson said.
‘We are going to try and do everything in our power and our control this week at training to make ourselves prepared for the game and that 90mins.
“I haven’t played in a derby at the Parramatta stadium but I can only image it’s going to be on another level.
“We are very fortunate to have such a fantastic fan base and active fan base because there is none like them in the A-League that’s for sure.”
Jamieson also had a previous stint at Sydney FC when he spent two seasons at the club. But looking back, he said his time at the Sky Blues wasn’t the most pleasant of experiences.
“During my time at Sydney FC I met some good mates there that I’m still friends but football wise I didn’t enjoy it.,” Jamieson said.
“I played a part in that myself and a few other things played a part in that.
“But the club at that time probably wasn’t the most stable going around in regards to what was happening with coaches and stuff like that.”