Coaches wax lyrical about the brickwall called Oliver Sail

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Very little separated Wellington Phoenix and Brisbane Roar throughout Saturday’s clash at Kayo Stadium.

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One man who did prove decisive though, was Wellington goalkeeper Oliver Sail.

The gloveman’s performance inspired admiration and respect from both coaches post-game.

Wellington manager Ufuk Talay lavished praise on his man.

“He’s a very important player for us with the ball, also, not just with his hands,” Talay said post-match.

“He’s done a fantastic job again today.”

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All three of Sail’s vital saves came from inside the box, two of which caused him to leap with desperation.

Brisbane’s Joe Knowles understands just how impenetrable Sail’s hands are after having two on target shots in the dying stages comprehensively denied, much to the delight of coach Talay.

“He made a fantastic save at the end there and another one he made at the near post,” he said.

“That’s why he’s there.”

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For all of Brisbane’s frustration at the result, they too could only applaud the keeper’s exploits.

Warren Moon was confident his side could’ve equalised were it not for Sail’s presence in front of goal.

“We went for it at the end, we had a couple of good chances, but Olli Sail’s a fantastic keeper,” Moon stated post-game.

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“Not just in the first half but the second half, especially that save he made on Nikola.”

Wellington’s crusade toward finals seems in the safest of hands with Oliver Sail at the back.

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Liam Cook
Aspiring football enthusiast. Covering Brisbane Roar in 2022/23.

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