Nichols hails Wanderers' gritty defensive performance

Mitch Nichols believes shutting out rivals Sydney FC is an encouraging sign of Wanderers’ strong temperament.

Following Saturday's fourteenth Sydney Derby, Tony Popovic’s troops became just the second team to keep the Sky Blues scoreless this season.

The first ever Sydney Derby stalemate also marked a milestone this season for Wanderers.

Vice-Captain Mitch Nichols spoke to Fox Sports following the match and spoke about the positives that came from the match for the Red & Black. 

“It’s a clean sheet, I think it’s our first all year, so that’s a positive,” said Nichols. 

“Our character, our mentality has been tested this week in the media so it’s a good bounce-back by the boys.

“Full credit to the boys at the back, they dug deep. The whole team actually defended really well tonight, even [continuing on] from last week with 10 men.”

Mitch Nichols

Nichols accepted Saturday night’s 0-0 draw as a fair result.

“Both teams went full throttle tonight. We had chances but so did they,” the 27-year-old said.

“We just seem to be lacking that final touch in the front third.

“We’ve just got to start putting wins together and get up that table.”

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