Wellington earns first win with passionate performance

After a fruitless first five rounds, the Wellington Phoenix are now in the winners list.

The come from behind 2-1 result to inflict Sydney FC’s first loss this season can only give the Phoenix renewed confidence and belief, especially given two key defenders (skipper Andrew Durante and Jon McKain) and the regular goalkeeper (Glen Moss) were missing in action.

Alex Brosque put the visitors in front in the 20th minute with a header from a Shannon Cole cross before Phoenix front man Shane Smeltz replied just prior to half time with a header of his own.

The win was then delivered when English-born midfielder Tim Brown put a low strike past Sky Blues keeper Clint Bolton on 72 minutes.

Phoenix coach Ricki Herbert thought the performance of his charges was encouraging and to play the way they did in such a down period showed character.

“I’ve always had a lot of faith in the boys, and today it was great to see them stand up and be counted in what has been a difficult period for us. It was great to win at home, and great to win for the fans,” Herbert told the official A-League website.

“We had a ton of guys out, and those that came in were exceptional. That’s the problem I have to face heading into next week, but it’s a very good one to have.

“Given the press we’ve had this week; it was great to see the boys show what we’re capable of. We haven’t given the fans much to cheer about until now, so it’s a satisfying result.”

Wellington jump off the bottom of the table heading into next week’s clash in Newcastle whilst Sydney remains in second position and will be looking to return to the winners’ board at home to Queensland Roar.

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