• FT

    Brisbane

    1

    N'castle Jet

    0

  • FT

    Wellington P

    1

    WSFC

    0

  • FT

    Sydney FC

    0

    Melbourne H

    0

AUSTRALIAN A-LEAGUE

Westpac Stadium, New Zealand

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Wellington Phoenix FC

  • Jeremy Brockie 22'

1 - 0

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Brockie nets in Phoenix win over Wanderers

Phoenix target man Jeremy Brockie was a little reluctant to celebrate his sixth goal of the A-League football season, the deciding strike in Wellington's 1-0 win over Western Sydney Wanderers at Westpac Stadium on Sunday.

Brockie curled in a long-range ripper from 25 metres out which caught the wind and left Wanderers' goalkeeper Ante Covic slipping, sliding and stranded.

The 22nd-minute strike proved enough to see Wellington home, bumping them three places up the ladder to fifth after going into the game one point behind seventh-placed Western Sydney.

However, a slightly sheepish Brockie admitted afterwards that he hadn't actually been targeting the back of the net.

"I'll be the first to put up my hand and admit it was meant to be a cross to Paul Ifill far post, and the Wellington wind helped me out," Brockie said.

"He'd made a good run, and I tried to put a bit of pace on the ball, and I think it was probably the pace with the wind that wrong-footed the keeper.

"I was a little bit embarrassed to celebrate, but it hit the back of the net, so I'm not going to complain."

It was Brockie's sixth goal in five matches, and his first at home, reigniting an impressive run of form which resulted in 18 pre-season goals before a four-match scoring drought.

He said the Phoenix had been working hard in recent weeks on ball retention and had looked to push the ball wide as much as possible against the Wanderers.

"They've got some big units down the middle so we tried to go down the wings and it worked early on in the first half for us until we scored the goal, then we sat off a little bit."

Wellington still managed to create plenty of chances while the Wanderers sorely missed playmakers Aaron Mooy, away on Socceroos duty in Hong Kong, and Youssouf Hersi, serving out a two-match ban.

Western Sydney have struggled to score this season, netting only five times in nine games, and they again lacked fluency, cohesion or consistency in the attacking third.

Wanderers' coach Tony Popovic admits Brockie's unintentional goal was hard to take.

"We conceded a bizarre goal, something you don't usually see, but that happens in football," he said afterwards.

"It was a close game, but one we felt we didn't deserve to lose.

"I'm disappointed we didn't create a little bit more, and didn't have the rub of the green. But that's the way it goes, and we'll keep working hard and keep improving."

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Scoring Summary

  • Wellington Phoenix FC
  • Western Sydney FC
 

Match Stats

  • Wellington Phoenix FC
  • Western Sydney FC
16(8) Shots (on goal) 8(3)
8 Fouls 9
7 Corner kicks 6
2 Offsides 1
0% Time of Possession 0%
1 Yellow Cards 0
0 Red Cards 0
1 Saves 7

Teams

  • Wellington Phoenix FC
  • Western Sydney FC
Substitutes
Substitutions
Yellow Cards
Manny Muscat (83')