With just two draws and three losses against their name, the Phoenix know they need to turn their form around and plan to do so against the in-form team of the competition, Sydney FC.
Phoenix captain Andrew Durante admits the players need to lift their performances otherwise the season could be quickly over.
Durante said, “To be fair we deserve criticism and no one is denying we have been well below par in terms of our performances.
“As a playing group we’ve talked and accepted that we’re the ones who have to shoulder the responsibility because we’re not going out there and doing the things we should be.
The captain revealed how all players were behind coach Ricki Herbert during these hard times and would stick by him.
“Ricki has complete support of the team and we back him 100 per cent. If anyone is going to turn things around its Ricki. We need to stay close as a unit and be positive,” Durante added.
The challenge of playing a rampant Sydney FC outfit is just what the Phoenix need according to Durante and if a win could be mustered, it would point the New Zealand club in the right direction.
“Who better to get?” he said. “They’re unbeaten and on a high, and to turn things around against them would be a massive confidence boost for the boys. Sometimes when you’ve got your back to the wall it can bring out the best in you.”