You are using an older browser version. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience.

Phoenix seek mid-week redemption

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 13/02/2017 Cathy Walshe

© Matt King/Getty Images Wellington Phoenix co-coach Des Buckingham is looking to resurrect his team's faltering A-League campaign in Tuesday's Capital Cup match against Beijing BG at Westpac Stadium.

The friendly is the return leg of Wellington's pre-season fixture in July last year, and offers an invaluable chance for the Phoenix to get their season back on track.

The Phoenix sit eighth on the ladder, coming off back-to-back 3-1 losses to Western Sydney Wanderers and Sydney FC.

The match also offers an opportunity to test drive the A-League's video referral system for the first time, ahead of its introduction in early April for the last two rounds of the regular season.

Players and coaches were briefed on the use of Video Assistant Referees (VAR) after training on Monday, and Buckingham said they were looking forward to trialling the system.

"I'm not too sure how it's going to work, but as long as it doesn't delay the game by much, and ultimately you get the right decision at the end of it, I think that's the most important thing," he said.

Buckingham and co-coach Chris Greenacre will be making use of their full squad for the friendly, with the exception of midfielder Michael McGlinchey, who is being rested as he continues his comeback from injury.

Buckingham was particularly disappointed with Wellington's effort against competition leaders Sydney FC last Thursday, as they struggled to hang onto the ball long enough to build any sort of pressure.

With another challenging match scheduled for the weekend, this time against fourth-placed Melbourne City, Buckingham expects an improved performance against Beijing.

"The whole squad will be involved in some capacity," he said.

"We're going to use this as a perfect opportunity where we can have a look at other people and possibly a different formation.

"We'll use this game as preparation for Melbourne."

image beaconimage beaconimage beacon