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Wellington Phoenix approaching club's biggest game

The final round of the 2008/2009 A-League regular season is arguably the biggest in the history of the Wellington Phoenix football club. A win against Melbourne Victory would almost see the Phoenix make the finals for the first time but they also have to rely on Adelaide United defeating the Central Coast Mariners on Sunday.

On the other side of the coin, the Victory needs to beat Wellington to finish in the top two which will see them qualify for Asian Champions League action next season.

Phoenix defender Ben Sigmund is aware of the hype of tomorrow night's clash at the Telstra Dome and said the mood the camp is extremely positive.

"We've come back really well and the team has bonded fantastically. It's great that it's now come down to 90 minutes, especially in Melbourne, where there'll be a big crowd at the Telstra Dome. The boys are buzzing for it," Sigmund said.

"There were probably a few things, mainly coming in a little too early and having the boys peaking at the wrong time. It took a while to juggle things and get the right side out. There were a lot of new players we had coming in but once we got that sorted out things started to come right and all the guys started performing to the levels they knew they were capable of," he said of the club's slow start to the season.

"It's been really enjoyable to be amongst and I think the enjoyable atmosphere and environment (coach) Ricki Herbert, the coaching staff and the players have created is why we find ourselves here with a shot at the playoffs with one game to go."

Andrew Slevison
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