Wellington Phoenix’s Herbert: Come talk to us if you are sick of traveling

Wellington Phoenix coach Ricki Herbert says rival clubs should stop complaining about constant travel and midweek games.

Wellington Phoenix coach Ricki Herbert says rival clubs should stop complaining about constant travel and midweek games.

The New Zealand club are consistently on the road, traveling to Australia with regularity, and Herbert cannot understand why he always hears opposition coaches whining about their plight when the Phoenix seem to keep quiet regarding their travels.

“We all have to play midweek games, but I sit at home watching other matches and listen to the commentators saying how tough a team has had it through playing midweek,” Herbert said after Sunday’s narrow 1-0 win over Newcastle Jets.

“I never hear them mention the Phoenix and we do a lot more traveling than anyone else. We haven’t used it as an excuse for our poor away form because if you want to play in the league you just get on with it, but there were some pretty tired boys out there tonight.”

Captain Andrew Durante echoed his coach’s sentiments after his side managed to get the job done, allowing them to move into the top six.

“Playing Sunday, traveling the next day and playing a team in red-hot form, in very warm, difficult conditions took a lot out of us and it showed today,” he said.

“We weren’t our usual selves here tonight and were sloppy at times, but it speaks volumes for the character of the boys that we were able to battle and get the three points.”

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