Sky Blues defender’s simple Sydney Derby delight

Thrust into the spotlight of Saturday night’s Sydney Derby, young Sky Blues defender Aaron Calver says he’s just pleased to be back on the pitch.

Calver turned in an assured performance in front of over 40,000 fans at Allianz Stadium as Sydney FC and Western Sydney Wanderers battled to a 0-0 draw.

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The 21-year-old has only recently returned to full training from a long-term knee injury but repaid Graham Arnold’s faith by helping his side to their ninth clean sheet of the campaign.

“I’ve been injured for a while this year so I just wanted to play football again,” Calver told Fox Sports.

“I’m glad Arnie gave me a chance.

“You always have nerves coming into a big game like this but I just tried to get on with the job.”

The first ever scoreless Sydney Derby means the league-leaders are now 12 matches shy of an unprecedented unbeaten season.

Calver, who debuted for the club at 16, has no doubts about his side’s ability to achieve their target.

“It’s the best team since I’ve been at the club,” the Australia youth international said.

“We probably could have won on any other day but it’s good we’re still undefeated and that’s how we want to keep it for the rest of the season.”