Jeremy Brockie would love to take out the A-League Golden Boot this season but insists getting off the bottom of the table means a lot more to him.
With two matches remaining, the New Zealand international is a good chance to solely take out the award but says he would prefer to secure two wins in order to give the Phoenix every chance of not finishing the campaign holding everybody else up.
" while it would be great to win the award no matter what, I'd love to get a goal that not only does that but also gets us off the bottom," he told The World Game.
"That would be a great way for the team to finish the season."
He added: "We're desperate, as a team, to avoid finishing the season badly. Our only aim now is to avoid the wooden spoon, so we simply have to get the three points against Perth.
"Pride in performance makes us want to perform well, and there are also seven or eight players in the squad who are playing for contracts for next season. Some of those boys will be playing against Perth, so we've still got plenty of motivation."