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Phoenix put four goals past Melbourne City

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 11/09/2016

Roy Krishna in action for the Phoenix. © Getty Images Roy Krishna in action for the Phoenix. Brazilian Gui Finkler scored twice from free kicks as the Wellington Phoenix thumped Melbourne City 4-1 in an encouraging pre-season performance in Townsville.

Striker Roy Krishna also scored twice, with both of his goals coming late in the first half as the Phoenix took a 3-1 advantage into the break.

The Phoenix played some fine attacking football and defended well, but coach Ernie Merrick wasn't getting carried away with the win or the margin.

"You can't afford to get carried away with pre-season results," Merrick said.

"Of course you want to win games but to me the performance is more important than the result."

Socceroos great and new Melbourne City signing Tim Cahill opened the scoring with a trademark header in the 15th minute after the Phoenix squandered two excellent early chances.

Krishna then found an equaliser with a clever finish as he fell to the ground.

Free-kick specialist Gui Finkler put the Phoenix ahead five minutes from the break and Krishna scored his second goal with an assured finish right on half time.

Eleven minutes into the second period, Finkler made it 4-1, again from a free-kick, low to goalkeeper Thomas Sorenson's left.

Merrick made multiple changes on the hour mark and was pleased it didn't disrupt their pattern.

He was also delighted with their fitness, having deliberately put the players through a taxing training session the day before to see how they handled the conditions.

"Last season, we didn't cope too well with the heat in places like Cairns and Perth, so hopefully this will stand us in good stead."

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