Wellington Phoenix lack one key thing

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Last night’s dreary nil-all draw with Adelaide United highlighted Wellington Phoenix’s inability to finish, a factor that will drastically impede their finals hopes.

The lack of ruthless finishing in front of goal has hindered the ‘Nix on an embarrassing amount of occasions this season, a must-fix issue for the men in yellow.

The draw with Adelaide exemplifies this inefficiency on goal.

Spurned chances and a man of the man performance from Eugene Galekovic in goal saw the ‘Nix succumb to their third successive draw in the league.

It’s fair to say to on each of these occasions there has been a chance to take three points, and each time the opportunity has been squandered.

At the middle of the issue is star man Kosta Barbarouses.

With just one goal to his name this season it is fair to say his reintroduction to life in the New Zealand capital has been nothing more than underwhelming.

When Hamish Watson played the striker in on the edge of the six yard box it seemed it was harder for the striker to miss.

Instead we saw another draw and another disappointing result for the Wellington faithful.

It appears that if Roy Krishna does not find the back of the net, games tend to look out of reach.

The striker has been directly involved in 11 of the Phoenix’s 13 strikes this season, a devastating figure highlighting the shortcomings of the frontline.

Others have at times looked to lend their muscle to the goal scoring charts.

Hamish Watson has chipped in with a couple of goals from his limited amount of appearances. Though the striker has been lauded for his work rate and combative approach to the central striker position, he does not yet look the mold of a regular scorer.

Finkler also has a couple of goals to his name but despite a penalty and a tap in away to Newcastle he hasn’t begun scoring with any regularity.

Other than a remarkable turn of form turn of form by these players, it is hard to see Wellington conjuring anything higher than a sixth place finish.

Shane Smeltz is said to be in contention for the trip to Perth on Thursday night. The striker scored a healthy 21 goals during his three season stint in Wellington.

Can the 35 year old resurrect the sort of form that has him at third on the all time Hundai A-League scoring charts?

Time will tell.

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