January 26, 2013
Herbert rues lost points
Wellington Phoenix pushed their off-field woes to one side with a fighting 1-1 draw against Newcastle Jets on Sunday, but coach Ricki Herbert says they should have done better.
The Jets couldn't quite break a five-year losing hoodoo at Wellington's Westpac Stadium, coming from behind to wrestle a 1-1 draw in a game both teams finished with 10 men.
The Phoenix looked a different team to the outfit that rolled over 7-1 to Sydney FC last week, and worked hard to end a four-match losing streak.
Louis Fenton's first-half goal for Wellington was negated on 72 minutes by Emile Heskey's header from a free kick, given after Tony Lochhead received his second yellow for bringing down second-half sub James Virgili.
Earlier, Jets central defender Sam Gallaway had picked up a second yellow 15 minutes into the second half after fouling Tyler Boyd on the edge of the box.
Herbert said his team, struggling to embed a more attacking brand of football, should have come away with three points.
"It was disappointing - I thought we created a lot tonight, and I thought the momentum was good," he said.
"I thought we were quite efficient, I thought we dealt with things quite a lot better than we have been. We got our nose in front, and we should have gone on and won it.
"I probably think we threw away two points, more than got one."
The Phoenix are still last on the ladder on 17 points, five astray of the fifth-placed Jets, with nine games to go and a top-six finish still possible.
Given Newcastle's dreadful record in Wellington - the last time they won was back in 2007 - coach Gary van Egmond was satisfied to come away with a point.
"It was a call to arms from the Phoenix as far as the club was concerned. They've had a lot of issues, and you knew there was going to be a response from the players today," he said.
"For us to answer that and ensure we got something out of the game was very positive."
Van Egmond was happy with the chances created, especially in the opening 15 minutes, and with the way his team worked to control the game, even when they were down to 10 men.
"I thought we were a little bit slack on allowing them to get the opportunity to score their goal.
"But regarding the playing, and moving, and ensuring we want to keep the ball on the deck, I thought we did quite well."
|Wellington Phoenix FC||Newcastle Jets|
|1 Mark Paston||20 Mark Birighitti|
|22 Andrew Durante||2 Scott Neville|
|18 Ben Sigmund||14 Taylor Regan|
|3 Tony Lochhead||13 Samuel Gallaway|
|2 Manny Muscat||11 Connor Chapman|
|11 Jeremy Brockie||7 James Brown|
|7 Leo Bertos||12 Joshua Brillante|
|21 Dani Sanchez||15 Craig Goodwin|
|12 Tyler Boyd||9 Emile Heskey|
|16 Louis Fenton||16 Jobe Wheelhouse|
|8 Paul Ifill||23 Ryan Griffiths|
|20 Glen Moss||Jack Duncan 30|
|4 Isaka Cernak||Zenon Caravella 7|
|10 Stein Huysegems||James Virgili 17|
|9 Benjamin Totori||Adam Taggart 22|
|Isaka Cernak for Tyler Boyd (76)||James Virgili for Craig Goodwin (55)|
|Benjamin Totori for Dani Sanchez (83)||Zenon Caravella for James Brown (84)|
|Adam Taggart for Taylor Regan (90)|
|Tony Lochhead (37)||Taylor Regan (19)|
|Samuel Gallaway (33)|
|Tony Lochhead (73)||Samuel Gallaway (55)|
|· Squads: Wellington Phoenix FC | Newcastle Jets|