Phoenix look for midfield control

October 11, 2013
By Cathy Walshe
New Wellington Phoenix coach Ernie Merrick says Sunday's A-League match against Brisbane Roar will be won or lost in the midfield.

Looking to finalise a makeshift team ahead of his team's season opener at Westpac Stadium in Wellington, Merrick says the match will hinge on whether the Phoenix can keep the Roar's creative midfielders under wraps.

"If we allow Brisbane to take control and get their passing going in the middle, they're going to cut up our back four," he said.
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