Simmons: We need to keep pushing

Young Gun Aidan Simmons on the Red & Black’s qualification to the Isuzu UTE A-League Finals Series and recent result against Melbourne Victory.

Simmons has been given the opportunity to step up into the Wanderers starting XI over the last few weeks and has taken the opportunity with both hands.

The 19-year-old made the switch to the Red & Black from the club’s crosstown rivals this season and has been cherishing every moment.

“(I) had to make up for the opportunity given to me by the head coach and it’s been an honour to play in every game,” said Simmons.

“We’re doing well so we need to keep pushing for the Finals.”

The Red & Black secured three points on Saturday night against old rivals Melbourne Victory with Brandon Borrello leading the charge for Marko Rudan’s men.

Borrello scored the first-half opener and then set up Amor Layouni’s 81st minute winner in the 2-1 defeat of Victory.

“It was a bit tight at the start of the game, but when Victory got the red card, it opened up more and we were able to dominate,” explained Simmons.

“We were able to get the goal that we need and got three points.”

Amor Layouni and Aidan Simmons of the Wanderers celebrates their win with fans after the A-League Men’s soccer match between the Western Sydney Wanderers and the Melbourne Victory at Commbank Stadium in Sydney, Saturday, April 15, 2023. (AAP Image/Mark Evans) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY

As right-back, Simmons is determined to do whatever he can to help the team score goals.

“On the defensive aspect of the game, I have to defend,” said Simmons.

“But the coach lets me be free and attack with the possession of the ball, so that’s what my game is about going forward.

“Doing whatever I can to help the team score goals.”

With the Finals Series now locked in for Simmons and the Wanderers, every match is now about pushing the Red & Black further up the ladder and it all starts this Friday night against Wellington.