Sunday Star-Times

AT A GLANCE

- Phoenix goalkeeper Lewis Italiano pulls off a save during his side’s 3-2 A-League win over Newcastle last night.

Wellington Phoenix 3 (Matija Ljujic 28’, Daniel Mullen 36’, Roy Krishna 59’) Newcastle Jets 2

( Andrew Nabbout 48’, Dimi Petratos 87’ ( pen)). HT: 2-0.

Somehow five of their players were sucked onto the left side of the field to mark three Newcastle players, allowing the Jets an easy overlap as they surged into the box, with Andrew Nabbout finishing a simple chance in the 48th minute.

There was then a moment of slight controvers­y as Marco Rossi appeared to grab the genitals of Hoffman during a tussle for the ball, with the Jets defender going down in a heap clutching his groin, but the Video Assistant Referee decided against getting involved.

Nigel Boogard had to leave the field in the 55th minute when needing treatment for a cut to the head, and the Phoenix took full advantage by restoring their twogoal lead in the 59th minute.

Nathan Burns did good work down the left side before squaring to Krishna, who took a great first touch and curled his finish past Duncan.

Krishna then rattled the crossbar three minutes later with a looping strike from the edge of the box as the Phoenix looked good value their lead.

The defensive fragility again popped up in the 84th minute as Rossi tugged on Angus Thurgate’s shirt ever so slightly in the box. Dimi Petratos converted the spot kick, although Italiano was almost the hero again as he got a hand to the shot.

But that moment of madness belied what had been a reasonably composed finish to the game from the Phoenix defence, and they did well to hold on for the win. for

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