Matt Jurman will never forget the exhilarating moment he scored in a Sydney derby.
Sydney FC had lost the first two instalments of the 2013-14 A-League season and were desperate to take three points against Western Sydney as the finals approached.
The defender struggles to recall some details leading up to when Ante Covic punched a clearance that rebounded off his upper body and sailed straight back past the Wanderers goalkeeper.
What he remembers vividly is seeing the ball sink into the back of the net.
Jurman's 1-1 equaliser ended in a 3-1 victory for the Sky Blues - their first win in nearly 18 months since the very first derby in October 2012.
"It's probably the best feeling I've had before - playing that game, scoring the goal to equalise and then we ended up winning the game," Jurman told AAP ahead of Saturday's Sydney derby at Allianz Stadium.
"I just remember celebrating and running around, throwing my fists around. I was so excited just to score.
"Hopefully something like that will happen again on Saturday night."
Players on both Graham Arnold and Tony Popovic's sides have spoken before about the way a stadium full of passionate fans can galvanise a team to do things they never thought possible.
But Jurman is also aware of the challenges such fervent support can pose when it comes to the nitty gritty of play.
"You are very focused, but it's hard to block out 40,000 people," he said.
"It's hard to communicate with your teammates but you've got to try and stay focused."
Those facing the biggest challenge on that front will be the new faces including Sydney's overseas players Filip Holosko and Milos Ninkovic, along with the Wanderers' Federico Piovaccari and new Spanish trio of Andreu, Dimas and Alberto.
With other new signings on board including fearless Sydney youngster Brandon O'Neill, this derby will likely look nothing like fixtures gone by.
Both sides are showing promising form but still lacking polish, making Jurman and Jacques Faty's defensive combination appear all the more settled.
"You're only as good as your last game," Jurman said.
"But definitely I think we're working well together as a back four and as a team."
STATS THAT MATTER:
* The Wanderers have managed only one win in their last 15 away matches including finals, conceding 27 goals
* Sydney FC have failed to score in five of their last nine home games, however they did net 13 goals in the four games that they did
* There have been two red cards in the last three Sydney derbies.