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Moss happy to avoid individual honours

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 20/01/2017 Cathy Walshe

Individual honours do not feature highly on Phoenix keeper Glen Moss's wish-list for the A-League season.

A few more clean sheets, to add to the six collected so far, and a berth in the grand final will do nicely.

Most of all, Moss wants to see Wellington continue the form which has left them with just one loss from their last seven games and inside the top six for the first time this season.

Fifth-placed Wellington host Brisbane Roar on Saturday, and are looking for their third win in eight days after beating Central Coast Mariners 1-0 last weekend and Melbourne Victory 3-0 on Tuesday.

Moss says a shift in focus has made life easier for him than last season, when he won the Phoenix's Player of the Year and Players' Player of the Year awards.

"We're defending from the top, rather than just relying on the back four and myself," he said.

"You see guys like Shane Smeltz and Kosta Barbarouses absolutely working their backsides off in defence, making tackles and putting the opposition under pressure."

Although he might have less work to do, Moss has nonetheless been in sharp form when it mattered.

On Tuesday he pulled off a top-drawer save, at full stretch in parrying Leigh Broxham's long-range second-half strike.

Although the crucial save halted a Victory resurgence which threatened to level the scores at 1-1, it didn't please everybody.

"I got a text from my dad saying the Mossy five years ago probably would have held onto it, and got another step in," Moss said.

"But it was obviously a pretty important save at a crucial time, so it was nice to know I played my part, even if I don't get to play my part as often any more.

"I felt I've been a bit quieter the last few weeks, which is a massive positive as well."

Moss, who turned 34 on Thursday, says he's still "a baby" by goalkeeping standards, and is optimistic that while he might avoid individual honours this year, team honours are within reach.

"I don't want to be anywhere near player of the year, or players' player - I'd much rather guys up front were scoring 8-12 a season chasing those sort of awards, and us playing in a grand final.

"I've been here too long, and I don't want to ever leave this club without having played in a grand final."

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