Less than three months ago, Keanu Baccus didn't know what it felt like to lose his A-League starting spot because he'd never really had one.
The Western Sydney youth product had played a total 118 minutes - none this season - when he was thrown into the Sydney derby cauldron last December for his second career start.
The abrupt inclusion shocked everyone in a radical Josep Gombau revamp that practically invited a 5-0 thrashing from Sydney FC.
Yet, Baccus showed enough in midfield alongside older brother Kearyn for Gombau to give him another go.
The following week, the shy, slightly built 19-year-old came of age with a man-of-the match performance in a 2-0 win over Central Coast.
Suddenly a regular, Baccus found himself dealing with the mental side of the game, and he looked to 26-year-old Kearyn for support.
"He's been through it all so he always gives me advice and helps me at home, just talks me through everything," Baccus told AAP.
"I'm probably a bit quiet so I usually keep it to myself but, if it's really worrying me, I can always talk to him.
"He usually brings it up; he sees what's happened with me and helps me out."
Baccus senior saw what happened when Keanu was sent off six minutes into January's controversial 3-1 loss to Perth, ruled by the video assistant referee to have hauled down Joel Chianese.
"It was my first game back in Australia (from Olyroos duty) and I wanted to do well and prove myself," Baccus said.
"It was a bad start and a bad mistake - a choice I made that wasn't the right decision. It affected the team and it was a bad result.
"But Josep was encouraging towards me afterwards and told me to keep my head up, and the boys were very encouraging.
"Hopefully this week, if I play, is a chance to redeem myself."
The Glory visit Spotless Stadium on Sunday looking to close the gap on the sixth-placed Wanderers to a point.
In last week's Sydney derby - three rounds after his red card in Perth - Baccus was reinstated to the first XI to cover at right-back for suspended Josh Risdon.
With Roly Bonevacia suspended, he looks set to return to his preferred holding midfield role.
"I'm back in the No.6 role which will be very good. Hopefully, I can have a good game," Baccus said AAP.
"I just tried training well this week to cement the spot."
STATS THAT MATTER:
* Glory have won two of their past three games against the Wanderers, both in Perth
* The Wanderers are undefeated in their past six games at Spotless Stadium (W3, D3)
* Mark Bridge is hunting his 50th Wanderers win
Australian Associated Press