Wellington extend undefeated streak to six games

-

Wellington Phoenix has become only the third side to leave Coopers Stadium with points this season, drawing 0-0 with a short-handed Adelaide United.

Wellington came to Adelaide hoping to complete a season sweep over the Reds following their 2-1 win earlier in the season.

Both sides spent the opening 20 minutes of the match feeling each other out and exchanging forward runs. 

Stefan Mauk had an opportunity to put his side in front early but could not control his first touch near the six-yard box, allowing the Phoenix to escape a dangerous situation.

Embed from Getty Images

Adelaide and the Phoenix continued trading promising moments in the final third but, the tight first half ended 0-0.

Jaushua Sotirio was close to giving Wellington a hot start in the second half when he got on the end of a cross inside the box.

Unfortunately for the Phoenix forward, his header glanced across the face of goal and out of play.

Shortly after, Ben Halloran made a run, and his low driven shot was inches away from hitting the inside goal post.  

The Reds starting gaining momentum after Halloran’s shot and Wellington quickly found themselves defending under immense pressure.

Embed from Getty Images

Although Adelaide started to pick up the tempo, the Phoenix came close to breaking the stalemate when Tim Payne rose to a placed corner and rocketed his header over the crossbar.

For the second time in two weeks, Adelaide went down to 10-men after Ryan Strain clipped Reno Piscopo and received his second yellow card of the game. 

Despite being down a man, the Reds continued pushing forward and were close to taking a late lead when Halloran’s shot outside of the box was tipped away by Oliver Sail.

Reflecting on his side’s chances in front of goal, Adelaide head coach Carl Veart felt his side could have broken the deadlock but missed a finishing touch.

“It’s been the story of the past three or four weeks, we’ve created enough opportunities but we just haven’t taken them,” Veart said.

“You have those days where you don’t think it will ever come [a goal] but, you just have to keep knocking on the door until the goals come in.”

Wellington continued their attempts to break down United’s defence in the final minutes of the game but, the Reds held steady and managed to secure a point. 

Embed from Getty Images

Phoenix head coach Ufuk Talay expressed his disappointment with the result following the game, but said all season he had been proud of his side’s resilience playing away.

“It’s a game we needed to win [considering] where we are sitting on the table. Not losing in Adelaide is a positive but, we needed three points,” Talay said.

“They are resilient, you can see that in the way they play. The players will grow from this and learn a lot from the challenges we’ve had this season and the back end of last season.”

After the 0-0 draw, Adelaide rises to second place while the Phoenix remain ninth on the A-League ladder.

Feature image credit: Jordan Trombetta

Enjoy this content? Support The Football Sack

Due in part to COVID and lack of current sponsorship we are at risk of not having the funds to continue running The Football Sack. If you enjoy our content and support our work in training talented young writers, please support us with a donation. If every reader contributed just $3, our funding would be covered for over ten years.

DONATE

Learn with us

Amir Daou
Amir Daou
Bachelor of Sport, Health and Physical Activity and Bachelor of Media and Communications student at Flinders University. Writing intern covering the latest in Adelaide United news and matches. Sport is my passion and I'm excited to learn more about the industry during my time with The Football Sack.

Latest Articles

Love your football?
Subscribe to our weekly football wrap. During the season we'll send you all the week's football action straight to your inbox.
* indicates required