Phoenix blow big lead against Roar

Sunday Star-Times - - Sport - LIAM HYS­LOP

Top foot­ball teams don’t blow three-goal leads at home.

Sure, the Welling­ton Phoenix had some cir­cum­stances go against them. They were with­out first-choice cen­tre backs An­drew Du­rante and Marco Rossi, and had to re­place right back Scott Gal­loway with a cen­tre back in Dy­lan Fox in the 25th minute due to in­jury.

But un­der al­most no cir­cum­stances should a 3-0 lead af­ter 20 min­utes turn into a 3-3 draw as it did against the Bris­bane Roar at West­pac Sta­dium in Welling­ton last night.

Es­pe­cially against a Roar team set­ting a new A-League record for the old­est start­ing lineup with an av­er­age age of 32.27. The Phoenix should have been the ones fin­ish­ing the stronger of the two teams. It all looked so pos­i­tive when the Phoenix ex­ploded out of the gates, with An­drija Kalud­jerovic open­ing the scor­ing in­side the first 62 sec­onds. He leapt high­est to meet a Dario Vi­dosic cross to send a loop­ing header over the out­stretched hand of Roar goal­keeper Michael Theo.

It got even bet­ter for the Phoenix in the 18th minute when Roy Krishna gath­ered a pass 35 me­tres out, took two touches to­wards goal be­fore un­leash­ing a fe­ro­cious strike which gave Theo no chance at his near post.

Two min­utes later it was sheer ju­bi­la­tion for the 7018 Phoenix faith­ful in at­ten­dance as Kalud­jerovic tapped in an out­stand­ing low cross across the face of the goal from Krishna.

Then Gal­loway got in­jured and all down­hill from there. it was

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Dario Vi­dosic set up the first goal.

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