NIKOLAI Topor-Stanley doesn’t pay too much attention tohistory and milestones.
The only number of significance to the veteran defender is Newcastle’s position on the competition ladder.
Topor-Stanley will become the fourth player in the A-League to reach 250 games when he lines up against Sydney FC at Allianz Stadium on Wednesday night. Danny Vukovic (278) has the most caps followed by Andrew Durante (267) and Eugene Galekovic (261).
“It is nice but it will mean nothing without the win,” Topor-Stanley said about the milestone.“Those are the compliments I’m looking for, and to put some light between us and the rest of the table and close the gapon Sydney.”
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“Boogswill be a loss,” Topor-Stanley said.“He is our leader and an experienced campaigner.It is an opportunity for someone to come in and do a job. So far when someone has gone down, the young players have stepped up and done that.”
Sydney boast an all-importfront three of Bobo, Milos Ninkovic andAdrian Mierzejewski.
Bobo has scored hat-tricks in the past two wins. Mierzejewski has netted five goals in four games and Ninkovic is the reigning A-League player of the year.
“Youhave to keep your discipline and not switch off,” Topor-Stanley said.“They are ruthless when you give them an opportunity to hurt you.”
Bobo (fifth minute) and Ninkovic (59th) both hit the target in a 2-1 win at Allianz Stadium in round seven in which theJets finished the stronger and went close to snatching an equaliser.
“Last time we played them, we were a bit too timid in the first half. We came back and really put them on the back foot in their back yard. We are looking to start like that.They have a huge array pf attacking weapons but so do we.”