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Wellington Phoenix's Ifill happy to break shackles

Wellington Phoenix striker Paul Ifill is in a good mood after breaking the shackles in recent matches.

The English-born Barbadian international had not scored from free play for 12 A-League matches prior to his double against the Melbourne Heart last Wednesday and he back that up with a late equalizer in the 2-2 draw with the Victory on the weekend.

Ifill admits he had been watched much more closely by opposition defences early in the season due to his great form last term but was delighted to find some freedom in his last two outings.

"I think I have [been more of a marked man]. But in the last two games, I've only done what I did last year," he said.

"The only reason I've been stopped this year is I've been poor, personally. I don't think it's because anybody's found me out or anything like that, it's just been a lack of form, which sometimes happens.

"Sometimes you just play poorly, it can be for one or two games, sometimes it happens for 20-odd games.

"I had a bit of a run where I was low in confidence and things weren't happening for me.

"But things have started to turn in the last couple of games, and, hopefully, I can have a decent run from now to the end of the season."

Ifill will be hoping his form flows on to tonight's midweek meeting with Sydney FC at the Sydney Football Stadium - kick-off is at 7:00pm AEDT.

Andrew Slevison
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