Dávila continues to show his quality and class

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Ulises Dávila is quite good.

That statement may be the understatement of the decade. Dávila is really good.

Against the Western Sydney Wanderers on Saturday night, Dávila once again showed his quality with a spectacular goal from some distance.

It could have been his second had just a tad more luck gone his way. Six minutes before Dávila opened the scoring, the Mexican had a similar long range shot bounce off the woodwork.

Dávila’s goal was his ninth of the season and Ufuk Talay reflected on the goal after the match.

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“It was a great goal,” he said.

“Hoops [Gary Hooper] held the ball up well and then laid it off for Ulises.

“He’s taken a touch and he’s hit the corner of the net through someone’s legs.

“Ulises has done it before – against Brisbane Roar he scored a similar goal to the one he scored tonight.”

In the press box there was talk about whether Nix’s 10 would be in the ranks of Phoenix legends such as Roy Krishna and Paul Ifill.

If you have not gotten the message – Dávila is very good, but Talay does not think that Dávila has hit his peak.

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“I believe I can always squeeze more out of my players,” he said.

“Ulises has been very influential for us and he’s got another great goal for today.

“He’s also good defensively, at times when we’re under the pump he holds up the ball and soaks up a lot of pressure.”

Talay was also asked whether he thought Dávila should be in the conversation for the Johnny Warren Medal but he stayed out of the speculation

“I don’t make the decision on that, so the focus for me is that he plays well,” Talay said.

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Praise must also be reserved for full back Liberato Cacace – the youngster got his first goal of the season following a wonderful run down the left hand side.

Talay said he was really happy for the young player and glad he managed to get his first goal of the season.

“He’s done that a few times this season where he’s gone forward but hasn’t been rewarded for the run,” Talay said.

“We had a conversation with him earlier in the week about picking the correct moments to make those runs – you don’t want to do it every time because when you do it every time you don’t have the energy to finish.

“So this time when he went forward he had the energy to finish – and he’s been rewarded with a goal.”

Featured image credit: Cameron McIntosh

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