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No derby day for red-carded Topor-Stanley

AAP logoAAP 21/09/2016 Ben McKay

Western Sydney will be without their captain for the opening round Sydney derby but neither Wanderers coach Tony Popovic or Sydney FC boss Graham Arnold seem to mind.

Nikolai Topor-Stanley's mindless challenge on Melbourne City striker Bruno Fornaroli earned the skipper his marching orders in Wednesday night's FFA Cup match.

It will also cost him the chance to play in front of at least 70,000 people at ANZ Stadum on October 8 when the two clubs kick off their A-League campaign.

The centre-back barged crudely into Fornaroli as halftime approached, with the Wanderers already down 2-0 and clearly second best to City.

Popovic suggested Topor-Stanley couldn't be expected to take future matches into account when playing.

"You don't think about that during the game and I'm sure Nikolai didn't either," he said.

"He made the foul. I'm sure when you look back he would rather have not made that challenge."

The Asian Champions League-winning coach said he was yet to consider how the 4-1 defeat, or Topor-Stanley's omission would affect his round one side.

"At the moment we're annoyed we lost," he said.

"We've got a strong squad (and) we've certainly got options.

"We'll make sure whoever comes in and plays that first round will be ready."

Arnold, who steered his side into the FFA Cup semi finals against Blacktown City on the same night, said the double whammy of a poor Wanderers result and Topor-Stanley's omission wouldn't be an advantage.

"It gives Popa probably two weeks to work on things and get at them and fire them up," he said.

"Sometimes you need a loss to get a kick up the backside.

"He's got a strong squad."

The defeat means Western Sydney will need to wait until 2017 to leave an imprint on the cup competition, having failed once more to make the semi-finals.

Popovic said the 4-1 defeat at AAMI Park was tough to stomach.

"We wanted to go through further than we did last year," he said.

"We got caught a little bit on the hop and never really recovered."

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