Dávila and Taylor masterclass the reason for Wellington’s first win

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Steven Taylor and Ulises Dávila’s performance on the park last night gifted Wellington Phoenix their first win of the season, taking down Brisbane Roar 2-1.

Taylor shocked everyone when he scored the first goal of the match, heading in Dávila’s cross, shocking everyone that is except his coach Ufuk Talay.

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“That’s his job, at the end of the day, in set pieces we send him up there to score goals,” Talay said.

“First and foremost he is a defender, but I’m very pleased for him to score.”

Being a centre back by trade it’s not something you expect from Taylor but the Englishman would show his value down the defensive end shortly after opening the scoring.

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Jordan Courtney-Perkins’ shot evaded Nix goalie Stefan Marinovic but Taylor got there to save the certain goal by clearing it off the goal line.

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Taylor was rock solid at the back throughout the match. A true captain’s performance and something Talay would reflect on.

“He’s a great leader in the changing room, and he shows that on the park as well,” Talay said.

The other key player for the Phoenix was Dávila, who scored the Nix’s second goal.

“At the start there were a lot of question marks about Ulises, but you can see the quality he brings to the team,” Talay said.

“He scored for us again and I think he was one of our best players out on the pitch.”

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Dávila endured a sluggish start to his career in Wellington, with some fans writing him off early on.

However, the Mexican has since come back with style and part of the reason is a positional change.

Talay said he was delighted with Dávila, as he was doing his job by scoring goals and creating opportunities.

“Changing where we put him has helped his game a lot. Bringing him central has made him more effective for us,” he said.

“Ulises is a creative player, and for me it was about saving his legs, as he now defends in the middle where there is a lot less running when we don’t have the ball.

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“Now when we do have the ball, he has the energy and power to go forward.”

Praise must also be reserved for Tim Payne, who played right-back for the Phoenix in lieu of regular right-back Louis Fenton.

Payne was solid in out of position, not to mention the fact he had only returned from Lithuania from All Whites duty a few days prior.

This first win of the season for Wellington means a huge weight has been lifted off the side’s shoulders.

Featured image credit: Cameron McIntosh

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