Krishna the man to lead Wellington forward

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If there were any doubts about Wellington Phoenix striker Roy Krishna’s ability to lead the line, those have now been quashed after another dazzling display in Saturday night’s 2-0 win against Central Coast Mariners at GIO Stadium in Canberra.

After a scoreless first half, Krishna burst to life in the second, scoring one and assisting another in a 10-minute spell that gave Wellington Phoenix just their second win of the season.

It was a marvelous display from the Fijian.

Driving at the defense at every opportunity, Krishna’s combination of pace and guile haunted the Mariners time and time again.

Looking to get in behind the defense at every opportunity, he linked up well with Gui Finkler and when he was awarded his first golden chance he made no mistake.

Played in by Hamish Watson, Krishna rounded keeper Paul Izzo with considerable ease and finished confidently into the empty net.

He had given his side just their second lead of the season and it didn’t stop there.

Latching onto Finkler’s delicate through ball, Krishna returned the favour for Watson. Playing the ball across goal, the striker would have found it harder to miss as he stroked home into an empty net.

The game was won.

It is performances like these that will go a long way to assuring ‘Nix fans he is the right man to lead the attack.

After starring for Waitakere United in the New Zealand Football Championship for many seasons, Krishna has struggled at times in the Hyundai A-League.

16 goals in three seasons is not indicative of a player with the skill set that Roy Krishna possesses.

But after scoring four goals in three games this season the Wellington based outfit may well have found their new talisman.

Following the departure of Nathan Burns to China, Ernie Merrick signed several strikers in the off season in an attempt to replace the goals they were losing. After a dreadful start to the season the experienced manager will be pleased, not only to see the goals starting to flow, but squad players making their mark.

Alex Rodriguez put in another stellar display in midfield, and Hamish Watson impressed for the first time in a Phoenix shirt, grabbing his first goal as a result.

Having five first team players away on international duty with the All Whites, Merrick will be pleased that Wellington Phoenix are no longer so reliant on the country’s national representation.

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