The added bonus of Wanderers’ derby win

Carl Robinson hopes the Western Sydney Wanderers’ shock win over local rivals Sydney FC is the shot in the arm that his side needs.

Wanderers coach Carl Robinson is hopeful Western Sydney’s thrilling derby win will provide the confidence boost his players need as the battle for the top six heats up.

The Wanderers snapped a six-game winless streak with an epic 3-2 win over Sydney FC at Bankwest Stadium on Saturday night.

The crucial result means they are now level on points with sixth-placed Western United, their next opponents, with six games remaining in the regular season.

After a string of poor performances, Robinson says the passion-fuelled win was as much for the fans as it was for his players.

“It’s for the supporters, that,” Robinson said.

“We’re a massive football club, we know that, but we want to be a massive football club that wins. Will it give us confidence? Yes. I think the emotion of the game, that had everything, will give us confidence.

“But it’s three points, it’s bragging rights for the boys, for the fans, for the supporters and we move onto a difficult game next week.”

The result was secured by veteran striker Scott McDonald, who came off the bench to score with his first touch just days after he joined the club from Brisbane Roar.

Robinson says the 37-year-old has already shown, both on and off the field, why it was a no-brainer to bring him to the Wanderers.

“Scotty is a terrific footballer,” Robinson said.

“He understands the game at certain moments and he knows what is required at certain moments. He knows if we are up with two or three minutes to go, how to take a foul, how to win a free-kick, and that is how young players learn.

“You look at the best players in the league that make a big impact – you talk about (Milos) Ninkovic, (Diego) Castro, (Alessandro) Diamanti – age is just a number.

“Scotty has come in and he is a big voice, a big character and I love to have big characters in the locker room.”

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