Western Sydney striker Lachlan Scott says the Wanderers head into the derby against Sydney FC looking to smash them.
The Wanderers season has been characterised by inconsistency, and an inability to win two games in succession means they have been outside the top six for most of the season.
After beating Wellington in round 18, Western Sydney climbed back into the top six for the first time since round nine, but last week's surprise loss to the Mariners saw them slip out of a finals position yet again.
Ahead of Saturday night’s Sydney derby at Sydney Olympic Park Homebush, Scott says getting a win against their bitter rivals can be a springboard for the rest of the season.
“It’s very important, it’s a derby game, we want to win every game but these ones we want to go out there and smash them,” he said. “If we can get a win this week and hopefully the next week we can really start to get a roll on and we make the finals and we can go in there with a bit of form.
“Everyone has been training well and everyone is fit and healthy, hopefully we get a good result out of it because I reckon we’ve got a good performance in us.”
Scott is a Wollongong Wolves junior and came through the senior ranks at Western Sydney via the Wanderers youth team and says his first season in the A-League has been a learning experience.
“Obviously the games and the intensity in the A-League is very high,” he said. “So I’m still coping with that workload on my body because I’ve never played in such an intense league before, but I’m enjoying it very much at the Wanderers we’ve got a good team and if we can start clicking a bit more we will start winning games.”
Scott has played 11 games for the Wanderers this season and the teenager says his first goal of his proffesional career against Newcastle Jets in round 16 was the highlight.
“I’m a striker so there is always going to be pressure on you to score goals and getting off the mark in the A-League give me a bit of confidence and just the feeling of scoring was pretty good,” said the 19-year-old.
“Hopefully I can keep leading the line or coming off the bench at the Wanderers or playing in Champions League and doing whatever Tony Popovic wants me to do and I’ll be happy. I hope to keep getting out on the pitch, keep getting minutes and keep scoring goals for the Wanderers and keep winning games and hopefully win something for the club.”