Wellington Phoenix suffered their second consecutive 4-0 defeat after a relentless battering from Western Sydney Wanderers at ANZ Stadium on Sunday night and have sunk even deeper at the bottom of the A-League ladder.

It took only a matter of minutes for Josep Gombau’s men to find the opener against their visiting opponents.

Christopher Ikonomidis found himself in a scramble on the byline but managed to cut it back to Joshua Risdon who had moved in behind him for support.

Risdon then floated a cross over to the far post to find Oriol Riera with the Spaniard once again displaying his aerial prowess as he back peddled before poking his header past Lewis Italiano in the 6th minute.

From there Wellington rarely looked like returning the favour and the Wanderers spent a large portion of the opening half probing for the second as the chances began to accumulate.

Ikonomidis continually made life difficult for Liberato Cacace and the Phoenix defence with a plethora of creative runs and dangerous crosses.

Frantic defending from the Nix managed to keep the Wanderers to a solitary goal at the end of the first half however following the break the floodgates were opened on the struggling side.

A miraculous goal line clearance from Dylan Fox early in the second half kept out Ikonomidis but as the Wanderers began to batter the back-line it seemed inevitable that more goals were to come.

A rare goal from Michael Thwaite eventually doubled the lead after the towering defender leaped over Matika Ljujic to drive home a header from a corner.

Ikonomidis was the next to add his name to the scoresheet and obtained his first A-League career goal following a brilliantly crafted and well executed passage of play.

The Wanderers new recruit skipped past Cacace with his run down the right flank then dribbled into the interior to link up with Mark Bridge who had positioned himself inside the box.

Bridge then tactfully flicked back heeled the ball to the feet of Ikonomidis who neatly tucked away past Italiano for the finish.

After a string of close chances Brendon Santalab made his presence felt coming off the bench and peeled away from Andrew Durante before driving a shot which was impressively pushed away by Italiano.

However the young keeper’s effort meant little as Jaushua Sotirio pounced on the loose ball with his own attempt which rolled through Italiano’s fingers for the fourth goal of the night.

The second consecutive victory for the Wanderers in the catch up fixture lifts places them three points adrift of fourth place.

Western Sydney Wanderers 4 (RIERA Oriol 6′, THWAITE Michael 63′, IKONOMIDIS Christopher 72′, SOTIRIO Jaushua 82′)

Wellington Phoenix 0

ANZ Stadium

Referee: Adam Fielding

Assistant Referees: Andjrek Giev & Matthew McOrist

Western Sydney Wanderers

20. JANJETOVIC Vedran (gk), 4. RISDON Joshua, 5. HAMILL Brendan, 6. CARRUSCA Marcelo, 7. LUSTICA Steven, 8. BONEVACIA Rolieny, 9. RIERA Oriol, 18. IKONOMIDIS Christopher, 19. BRIDGE Mark (c) (SOTIRIO Jaushua 76′) , 24. LLORENTE Raul, 33. THWAITE Michael

Substitutes: 40. SUMAN Nicholas (gk), 3. CLISBY Jack, 11. SANTALAB Brendon, 42. BACCUS Keanu

Wellington Phoenix

  1. ITALIANO Lewis (gk), 2. MULLEN Daniel (3. GALLOWAY Scott ’28), 4. PARACKI Goran, 6. FOX Dylan, 7. BURNS Nathan, 8. LJUJIC Matija, 9. KALUDEROVIC Andrija, 10. MCGLINCHEY Michael, 22. DURANTE Andrew (c), 23. RIDENTON Matthew, 26. CACACE Liberato

Substitutes: 30. SMITH Keegan (gk), 12. PARKHOUSE Adam, 17. PATTERSON Monty, 18. SINGH Sarpreet

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Bachelor of Journalism student from the University of Wollongong, covering Western Sydney Wanderers for the 2017/18 season.