Phoenix fal­ter in fin­ish­ing off the job

The Dominion Post - - Sport - LIAM HYS­LOP

Some time soon the Welling­ton Phoenix will put to­gether a com­plete per­for­mance.

They has been plenty of prom­ise in their two draws and two losses to start the A-League sea­son, but play­ing well in patches or in lim­ited facets of the game isn’t enough to get three points.

Take the last two weeks ex­am­ple.

The 1-0 loss away to Mel­bourne City on Oc­to­ber 21 was full of merit be­cause of their 60 per cent pos­ses­sion rate, but they only re­ally had one de­cent chance to show for it. for Gal­loway to an un­known in­jury in the 25th minute, re­placed by Dy­lan Fox.

Gui Fin­kler was only fit enough for 21 min­utes, and when he came on it was for Dario Vi­dosic, who couldn’t see out the 90 min­utes due to ill­ness.

But that’s foot­ball. You can’t ex­pect to have a fully fit squad at your dis­posal at all times of the sea­son.

Kalezic was well aware of that, and said that the Phoenix should have been able to get the job done with the play­ers they had at their dis­posal.

‘‘That is five play­ers [with fit­ness is­sues] and that works against us, but still I think we have to be able, with the play­ers we have, to win this game.’’

The Phoenix’s next chance to get their first win will be away to the New­cas­tle Jets next Satur­day, where they will meet for­mer coach Ernie Mer­rick for the first time since he re­signed last De­cem­ber.

Ide­ally, a mix of the per­for­mances against City and the Roar would hap­pen, but the Jets have started very well this sea­son and will pose a tough chal­lenge at home.

PHOTO: REUTERS

An­thony Joshua, right, has Car­los Takam on the ropes in Cardiff as he de­fends his heavy­weight ti­tles.

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