Western Sydney Wanderers goalkeeper Vedran Janjetovic has recounted the night he and his new side downed old club Sydney FC, telling of a catalogue of emotions coming to the fore.
Janjetovic swapped sky blue for red and black halfway through the A-League season in a move which sent Andrew Redmayne in the opposite direction.
Janjetovic faced Sydney for the first time back at Allianz Stadium on 14 January in a 0-0 draw, made famous for a number of plastic snakes thrown towards the goalkeeper’s net by Sydney fans.
But the next time around at ANZ Stadium in February, a Brendon Santalab goal saw the Wanderers past Sydney. The defeat was the Sky Blues’ first of the season and sparked frenzied celebrations among Wanderers fans and players, including Janjetovic.
Speaking exclusively on Thursday’s Daily Football Show, Janjetovic told of the deeply personal meaning of that win.
“It was just a whole bunch of things (coming out in the celebrations). The adrenaline rushing, it was weight off the shoulders,” Janjetovic said.
“It was good to obviously get a win, No.1, for the team. Obviously the Wanderers hadn’t won a derby in three and a half years.
“That was a good feeling just to get one derby up.
“There were a lot of different personal reasons, and everything combined into that one night.
“The atmosphere was unbelievable, the fans, everyone was just chanting non-stop for 95 minutes.
“I think at the end of the game, it was just a bit of relief from myself more than anything.”
Despite that defeat, Sydney went on to emphatically claim the premiership, still sitting 14 points ahead of Melbourne Victory.
Meanwhile, the Wanderers have hit form at a good time, putting together back to back home 3-1 wins over Wellington Phoenix and Melbourne City respectively.
Tony Popovic’s side has opened up a five-point gap ahead of seventh-placed Wellington.