Ulises Dávila pulls the strings at Wellington

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Fifty-four per cent of the Wellington Phoenix’s goals this season.

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That’s how many have come from the man in form: Ulises Dávila

With six goals, the Nix’s Mexican maestro has settled in and quickly too.

Four of those goals were from the penalty spot but now Wellington finally have a competent penalty taker. While Dávila may have only had four penalties so far, all four were fantastic spot kicks.

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Roy Krishna may be a legend in Wellington but penalty taking was never his forte. Dávila’s 100 per cent record will be of great comfort to Phoenix fans.

At long last penalties are actually translating into goals for the Kiwi side.

Dávila does not care how he scores goals. Six goals in eight appearances is a great start for anyone and it’s clearly good for the playmaker’s mood.

“I’m happy,” he said.

“More because the team has started to win – the most important thing is that the team plays well, create chances and gets three points, but I’m also happy because I’m scoring goals.”

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However, the first few matches were not as great for Dávila. He was positioned out wide by coach Ufuk Talay but has since reverted to a more central position.

“In my career, I’ve played more in that 10 role behind the striker,” he said.

“I feel very comfortable there, I enjoy it.

“I work hard defensively there as well, but in the 10 role I have more freedom to move and get the ball.”

Part of the Nix’s uptick in fortunes have come from Talay’s change to a 4-2-3-1 that has seen Dávila move central. He was full of praise for his coach’s personal and direct approach.

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He said the first few games were difficult for the team but things had changed and they were getting the results they wanted.

“Talay is very good…we know what he wants and what he doesn’t want,” he said.

“He’s an excellent motivator – we’re constantly being pushed to get better, better, all the time.

“You’d think maybe after a win or two the team would relax – but no.

“He’s always pushing the team to get better, to get better results.

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The net result of Dávila’s form? An improved Phoenix side.

Featured image credit: Cameron McIntosh

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