‘Dropped a fair few points’ – Lewis reflects on Wellington’s missed opportunities

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Wellington Phoenix midfielder Clayton Lewis believes his team need to stop dropping points ahead of a meeting with ladder-leaders Melbourne City.

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After their 1-1 draw in the hot conditions of Perth last weekend, Lewis was happy with the way the Nix played. 

“Perth is a tough place to go, everyone knows the travel it takes to get over there, we would have liked to have won the game, but to come away with a draw, I think we can be happy,” he said. 

The draw leaves the Phoenix seventh on the ladder, only one point off the top six and eight points off top of the league Melbourne City for whom Wellington will meet in the capital on Monday.

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Even though the Nix remain unbeaten since the World Cup break, Lewis thinks Wellington have dropped too many points to date ahead of their clash with last season’s premiers.

“We have been playing some good stuff [football], there have been times where we have dropped a fair few points,” he said. 

So what are the “dropped fair few points” Wellington have lost? 

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With two wins, five draws and two losses this season so far, it’s safe to say that this season hasn’t been too bad for the Nix.

In those seven games where the Phoenix dropped points, they arguably didn’t deserve to do so in three of those matches.

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Those three games were the draws with Adelaide United and Western Sydney Wanderers and the loss to Western United, matches that Wellington controlled possession, had loads of chances and played well.

Had it not been for a drop in tempo and a consistent 90 minute performance, the Nix would have got three points in those respective matches. 

With the Phoenix hosting Melbourne City, who have won three of their last five games, it’s a game where the Nix can’t afford to drop points. 

This is vital if they want to stay in the top-six fight even though you could argue that it is still early in the season and that there is a long way to go, any dropped points can come back to bite you.

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Wellington have a great chance to pick up more points and Melbourne City present the Nix with an opportunity to do so, especially after their last encounter. 

The Phoenix came from 2-0 down to score two goals in the last 11 minutes to grab a 2-2 draw and a point in Melbourne in October.

This and their unlucky draw with current second-place side Western Sydney earlier in the month shows that Wellington are able to take on the higher-ranked sides and should give them confidence that they can beat them.

Home soil will also help, with the Yellow Fever loud as always, this will push the Nix to go out there and put on winning performances that can boost them further up the ladder and pick up more points to make up for the dropped ones. 

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Nick Jensen
Nick Jensen
Journalism Student at Massey University Wellington and a passionate Football Fan, covering the Wellington Phoenix Men and Women for the 2022/23 season.

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