Ifill urges Wellington Phoenix to shape up

Wellington Phoenix striker Paul Ifill has urged the players to improve their performances, whether it be at home or away.

The New Zealand club were beaten for the first time at Westpac Stadium in 25 games on Wednesday night by league leaders Brisbane Roar, indicating they are no longer unbeatable at home.

Ifill says it is now important for the club to start recording points regardless of where they play before the season gets away from them.

“We’ve been relying on our home form for far too long and it’s about time that we became a regular football team, winning and losing games home and away just as everybody else does,” the English-born Barbadian said.

“I can only hope the positive to come out of Wednesday night’s game is that it’ll be a blessing in disguise and we can be the sort of team that performs no matter where we go.

“We can’t get beaten like that again, especially in our own backyard. We’re better than that.

“It’s kind of surreal. I’ve never had that feeling because I’ve never had a loss at home. It’s been really weird, actually. But season have turning points. Sometimes it’s a win, sometimes it’s a loss. Sometimes you need a kick up the backside and that might have been it on Wednesday night.”

The Phoenix, who are currently 7th on the table, take on 8th-placed Perth Glory at nib Stadium on Sunday – kick-off is 4:00pm local time (9:00pm Wellington time or 7:00pm AEDT).

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