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The Wellington Phoenix have recorded a memorable and emotional 3-1 win over the Western Sydney Wanderers on Sunday.
Wellington Phoenix 3
Western Sydney Wanderers 1
The Wellington Phoenix, under somewhat sombre circumstances, have an opportunity to give themselves some finals race breathing space in their Round 22 fixture against the Western Sydney Wanderers at Westpac Trust Stadium. Join The Roar from 5pm (AEDT) for live scores and blog of the game.
It is becoming too frequent an occurrence that we are often reminded sport, ultimately, is just a game, as the events in Christchurch on Friday have once again managed to do.
No doubt, the black armbands and minute silence before today’s fixture will very much bring to the forefront of everyone’s minds the seeming insignificance of a game for these two sides, so close to the home of the Phoenix.
Wellington are coming off a comfortable and dominant win over the Mariners, that led to the sacking of their coach, and would have been feeling largely confident going into today’s game.
Roy Krishna is scoring goals for fun at the moment, and once again is in red-hot form, where it appears being the fulcrum of the Phoenix attack is a burden that rests comfortably upon his shoulders.
Given Newcastle’s inexplicable slip up against the Mariners overnight, Wellington have a chance today to put a significant amount of space on seventh place, and further entrench themselves in the top four.
However, Western Sydney have become opponents that you can no longer take lightly.
Western Sydney themselves are coming off a strong win last round, putting the cleaners through the Brisbane Roar.
The combination that has clicked between Roly Bonavacia, Alex Baumjohann, and Oriol Riera is working wonders for the Wanderers, themselves trying to make a late, if seemingly futile, finals push.
The Wanderers are on something of a streak at the moment, having won two away fixtures in a row.
No doubt they would love to make it a third.
The red-hot, lightning form of Wellington is too hard to look past, and they should be able to get the job done here against a Wanderers opponent who will be no slouch.
Goals should be on the menu, as these two teams showed last weekend they like to score, but the added incentive of top four should propel the Phoenix to another win.
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1.Filip KURTO (gk), 4.Mandi SOSA, 5.Ryan LOWRY, 7.Cillian SHERIDAN, 9.Nathan BURNS, 11.David WILLIAMS, 12.Antony GOLEC, 13.Liberato CACACE, 14. Alex RUFER, 15.Michal KOPZCYNSKI, 16.Louis FENTON, 17.Callan ELLIIOT, 20.Oliver SAIL (gk), 21.Roy KRISHNA, 22.Andrew DURANTE (c), 23.Max BURGESS, 27.Steven TAYLOR, 32.Gianni STENSNESS
Western Sydney Wanderers
3.Giancarlo GALLIFUOCO, 5.Brendan HAMILL (c), 7.Nick FITZGERALD, 9.Oriol RIERA, 10.Alex BAUMJOHANN, 11.Bruce KAMAU, 12.Mitchell DUKE, 19.Mark BRIDGE, 20.Vedran JANJETOVIC (GK), 21.Tarek ELRICH, 22.Rashid MAHAZI, 24.Raul LLORENTE, 27.Kwame YEBOAH, 28.Roly BONEVACIA, 33.Tate RUSSELL, 40.Nicholas SUMAN, 42.Andrea AGAMEMNONOS, 43.Adrian VALENTI