Wellington are determined to persist with an attacking style of play despite tumbling to the bottom of the A-League ladder on the back of three straight losses.Phoenix captain Andrew Durante said on Monday the club won't be hitting the panic button on their season following Sunday's 2-0 loss to Western Sydney in Wellington and a new offensive structure deserves more time."Maybe the change in formation is taking time, people aren't maybe sure of what they've got to do," he said."I think before this whole formation thing and new style of football, we were travelling OK. This bombshell's maybe rattled a few people."But for the future of the football club, this is the way it's got to be. We just have to grin and bear it, and get on with it."Even though the Phoenix have won just four of their 16 matches this season, they sit only four points from fifth-placed Newcastle.Durante believes the strategic changes that coach Ricki Herbert has implemented during the campaign have been positive but Wellington haven't been able to maintain their intensity throughout matches."We're working hard at training, we're implementing all the things Ricki wants," Durante said."But for whatever reason on match day, second halves and silly mistakes have been the story of our season."Adding to the Phoenix's immediate woes is the absence of injured playmaker Paul Ifill and defender Manny Muscat, who has missed the last two games through suspension and has one more game to sit out.Ifill, who had ankle surgery last month, gets the chance to stretch his legs on Wednesday for the Phoenix's reserve side against Manawatu in Palmerston North, but isn't expected to be back in the A-League for another couple of weeks.Teenage strikers Louis Fenton and Tyler Boyd have made a big step up this season, but there's no doubt Wellington are missing players like Ifill, Muscat and long-serving players Chris Greenacre and Tim Brown, who have retired."Those guys were experienced pros, and when they had to step up, we could rely on them," Durante said."I think that's where we're struggling to be honest. We look around, and there's a whole young team around us."It's great for the future of the club, but it'll take time for us to gel properly."