Attack to blame for Phoenix woes?

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On a night where victory was merited, the Wellington Phoenix left Westpac Stadium with a bitter taste in the mouth due to bad luck, poor refereeing, but more importantly, poor finishing.

After a tirade of chances and poor offside decisions, Milos Ninkovic’s 92nd minute tap in gave Sydney FC a 1-0 win and sent the Nix home without a point from three games.

Michael McGlinchey’s first half tap in was rightly disallowed for offside and Roy Krishna found himself in a similar situation. Played through by McGlinchey, the flying Fijian rounded keeper Danny Vukovic and played into the empty net, only to be incorrectly called back for offside.

Costa Barbarouses was wrongly called back for a similarly close offside decision after being one-on-one with the keeper late in the second half, a glorious opportunity that was squandered by poor refereeing.

When the goal did eventually come for Sky Blues in stoppage time, the Nix were left wondering what more they could have done to grab the three points.

The Phoenix showed the threat and distinction that one would expect from such a forward minded team, with the pace of Krishna and Barbarouses causing serious issues for Sydney’s wide defenders

That being said, the Phoenix cannot blame poor refereeing for yet another loss.

Three games without a goal is a stat that reads horribly given the amount of promising situations they have found themselves in. Particularly when considering the fact that the Wellington based outfit really should be challenging most teams the league.

Having signed a plethora of attacking options in the summer, goals should be the least of the Phoenix worries.

The likes of Barbarouses, Adam Parkhouse, Gui Finkler and Young National League star Ben Liften have all been brought in to add to the goal tally, so is it merely just a case of bad luck?

The Phoenix have never been short of a top quality striker in the team. The likes of Shane Smeltz, Paul Ifill and Nathan Burns have all been considered among the best players in the league during their time at the club. However with no imminent recruits in the striking department it looks as if one of those already there needs to take responsibility.

Barbarouses is the obvious option to fill the void, but with 11 goals his best A-league tally to date, it remains to be seen if he can handle the job.

Moving forward it is easy to see that the goals will start to flow. But when they will they break their duck? Only time will tell.

 

 

 

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