Wellington Phoenix enjoyed a stunning win over defending premiers Sydney FC on Saturday night at Jubilee Stadium, a victory that boss Mark Rudan hopes means Phoenix have finally turned a corner.
Rudan – a Sydney FC great in his playing days – watched on as as his well-executed plan to press Sydney FC up the pitch worked as Phoenix dominated the Blues.
“A lot of planning and preparation [went] into this game. We wanted to press them high, you saw both of Roy’s goals were exactly the same. We worked on the training pitch to open them up the same way, that’s where I’m most pleased,” a delighted Rudan said after the match.
The victory came off the back of last week’s 1-1 draw with Perth Glory, which in itself was a turning point after previously suffering 3 losses on the trot.
“We continue to develop as a football team. It was good on the back of last week’s performance that we were able to get a result on the back of today’s performance. That’s going to be pleasing for the players and certainly give them a lot of confidence.
“You don’t always see the results early on, but it’s still very early, it’s only round seven. There’s 20 games to go, a lot of things can happen.
“The challenge for our players is consistency. We’ve been up and down as well. We certainly don’t want to be an inconsistent team, but belief is the big one for them.”
Roy Krishna who became the club’s all-time leading scorer this week, netted twice in 9 ½ minutes to help stun the Sky Blues at Jubilee Oval.
Steven Taylor also added one in the first half, while Michael Zullo’s late effort in the 89th minute was merely a consolation for the Premiers.
The Mariners sit winless at the bottom of the table while the Phoenix moved to seventh with their win on Saturday.