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Phoenix hunt win and top-four spot

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 20/01/2017 Cathy Walshe

Glen Moss of the Wellington Phoenix © Mark Tantrum/Getty Images Glen Moss of the Wellington Phoenix Wellington Phoenix's upset defeat of Melbourne Victory will count for nothing if they can't back it up with another win over Brisbane Roar this weekend, goalkeeper Glen Moss says.

Wellington's 3-0 win on Tuesday, following on from a 1-0 victory over Central Coast Mariners three days earlier, pushed them up the A-League ladder into fifth place but Moss says that's no reason to relax.

He's reluctant to label the Phoenix's win a turning point in the season, but says it shows Wellington are on the right track.

"It's hard to tell until the end of the season. You kind of look back, and that's when you say 'you know what, those three games in a week where we won all three, that was the turning point'.

"The performance on Tuesday night, if we don't back that up on Saturday night, then it might all be for nothing."

Brisbane sit one place and three points ahead of the Phoenix but are desperate to turn around a three-match losing streak.

For their part, Wellington have one loss from their last seven matches since Des Buckingham and Chris Greenacre took over the coaching reins after Ernie Merrick's resignation.

It's the first time the Phoenix have played Brisbane this season, and Moss says the John Aloisi-coached Roar will present a stiff challenge.

"They're obviously a pretty good side, and not one we can under-estimate even if they've had a couple of losses on the trot," he said.

"They've got guys like Jamie Maclaren, then you've got experienced campaigners like Jade North and Matt McKay.

"They know they need to bounce back, and they'll probably see themselves getting the points coming over here."

Buckingham says there's no doubting the threat Brisbane pose

"It's not just Thomas Kristensen, McKay's a very big playmaker, so is Dimitri Petratos in front and Tommy Oar has had a big influence on their last couple of results.

"Whether or not they start Maclaren, there's threats all over the park. But we had that on Tuesday night and I thought we dealt with them well."


* Wellington Phoenix are undefeated in their last three A-League games on home soil against Brisbane Roar, keeping two clean sheets in the process (W2, D1).

* Three consecutive losses leaves Brisbane Roar precariously on the edge of a fourth straight A-League defeat for the first time since March 2015, a streak which includes a 2-1 loss to Wellington.

* Roar midfielder Thomas Kristensen has made 64 tackles so far this A-League season, 11 more than any other player and 17 more than Phoenix best Jacob Tratt (47).

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