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Nabbout relishing AL clash with Clisby

AAP logoAAP 22/10/2016 Emma Kemp

Newcastle young gun Andrew Nabbout will welcome anything Western Sydney defender Jack Clisby can throw at him when the A-League sides clash at Spotless Stadium.

Nabbout's form is sure to have made him a key target of analysis for Wanderers coach Tony Popovic ahead of Sunday's game.

The fleet-footed winger's campaign thus far reads two man-of-the-match honours, two assists and six chances created.

He was no more potent than when he tore shreds off Brisbane's defence in last weekend's 4-0 upset, and he's raring to roast the next person in his path - Clisby.

The Wanderers left-back was caught up in controversy last week for a crunching tackle that's sidelined Sergio Cirio for up to 10 weeks, though he's since reached out to the Adelaide winger to assure him there was no malice.

Regardless, Nabbout was looking forward to a lively one-on-one battle with Clisby.

"Jack's a good defender, he's very mobile and not afraid to go into a tackle as you saw with the tackle against Cirio," Nabbout told AAP.

"I love and welcome that. I'm up for that challenge.

"It makes me feel like a better player when people try to take me out early on in the game because they know I'm going to be a threat to them all game."

Clisby was more keen on approaching the match as a whole rather than focusing on individuals.

"Andrew's been in good form but our focus is all of Newcastle," Clisby told AAP.

"I'm just going to go out there and play my usual game. That's what I know and I back myself one on one against most people.

"But we've been evaluating ways we can break Newcastle down and there are areas we know we can exploit."

Clisby said he's felt more relaxed on the ball since joining the Wanderers from Melbourne City in August, crediting the club with turning him into a more attack-minded fullback.

"It's been a real eye-opener coming to this club. It's superb in terms of being as professional as you can be and you really reap the rewards," he said.

"I feel like I've really adapted and changed my ways as a footballer."

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