Phoenix look to keep up ruthlessness

Nov 21, 2017 - 1:30 AM The Wellington Phoenix want to keep scoring goals.

After an entertaining 5-2 win over Perth Glory on home turf at Westpac Stadium on November 12, the Phoenix's first three points of the season, the team had their round 7 game against Western Sydney Wanders last weekend postponed due to a substandard pitch.

Midfielder Gui Finkler says having a week off wasn't a bad thing, allowing All Whites Michael McGlinchey and Andrew Durante extra time to settle back in, but it is important that momentum is maintained after the Perth romp.

He said it did feel like the win was coming.

"It's always good to have a win, especially at home, and we have to keep working hard," Finkler said.

"[Against Perth] the ball just kept going in, so we have to keep creating those chances, because the goals will come.

"We need to be ruthless in front of goal."

Finkler pointed out that a congested ladder means while the Phoenix sit 10th and last, if they are to beat Central Coast Mariners this Saturday and other results fall their way, they could rise as many as six places in the table.

Fellow midfielder Goran Paracki said staying focused was important, as lapses against Newcastle and Brisbane in previous matches cost them vital competition points.

"Against Perth it was a great team performance, but now we must concentrate on another game. We are stronger [with the All Whites back], we have no injuries except Foxy [Dylan Fox] and we have prepared well for our next game."

Source: AAP

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