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Wellington Phoenix remain in the hunt for the playoffs despite crazy defeat


Wellington Phoenix coach Ufuk Talay believes his crew remains to be in a robust place to qualify for the A-League Males finals regardless of dropping 3-1 to Melbourne Victory in a loopy encounter on Friday.

Three penalties had been awarded through the sport, all following VAR intervention after on-field referee Shaun Evans missed the preliminary infringements, resulting in lengthy stoppages of play.

The Phoenix had been awarded the primary two penalties inside an area of 5 first-half minutes however they had been solely capable of convert certainly one of them.

Jake Brimmer celebrates after scoring Victory's second goal from the penalty spot.

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Jake Brimmer celebrates after scoring Victory’s second aim from the penalty spot.

The Phoenix dropped to sixth after Central Coast Mariners beat Western United 1-0 on Saturday to maneuver forward of them on aim distinction, however they solely have to win certainly one of their remaining fixtures in opposition to Western Sydney Wanderers on Thursday and Melbourne Metropolis the next Monday to safe a top-six end.

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“There was a little bit of controversy within the sport however on the finish of the day it’s what it’s. It’s a sport that we’ve misplaced,” Talay stated.

“I assumed the boys labored properly. They defended properly. We had some good alternatives even when it was 2-1 the place we might’ve equalised once more however on the finish of the day we misplaced the sport however we’ve bought two crucial video games developing.

“The nice factor is it’s nonetheless in our palms whether or not we make the highest six or not.”

Victory opened the scoring via Nick D’Agostino after simply two minutes after Jake Brimmer sliced via midfield, however the Phoenix drew stage within the twenty sixth through Gael Sandoval’s spot-kick after Reno Piscopo noticed his try saved by Ivan Kelava moments earlier.

Victory goalkeeper Ivan Kelava saves Reno Piscopo's first half penalty.

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Victory goalkeeper Ivan Kelava saves Reno Piscopo’s first half penalty.

D’Agostino had a second aim chalked off within the second half however Brimmer was capable of restore their 2-1 lead within the 68th minute after they had been awarded a penalty for handball in weird circumstances, regardless that it was exhausting to inform whether or not Louis Fenton was even within the field when the ball struck his arm.

Talay stated he couldn’t inform from his vantage level.

“I can’t see [the handball] from the place I’m however clearly with the assistance of VAR they made a name.”

D’Agostino’s aim was dominated out as a result of Evans missed a foul on Ben Outdated within the lead-up to the aim, however upon evaluate he realised he had additionally missed the handball earlier than the foul, leading to a Victory penalty.

Brimmer slid in and celebrated in entrance of Oli Sail after scoring, in response to Sail throwing the ball in his face when the penalty was awarded.

Marco Rojas sealed the win for Victory with a 3rd aim within the 78th minute when he was left unmarked on the again put up and headed house from a Jason Davidson cross, extending their unbeaten run to 14 video games.

Whereas VAR overshadowed the sport, Talay stated he was extra disillusioned by the best way the Phoenix conceded the primary aim with Brimmer breezing previous Nichloas Pennington earlier than releasing Rojas down the correct.

He felt somebody ought to have fouled Brimmer once they had the prospect.

“It was a poor determination from our gamers on midway to not kill the sport,” Talay stated.

“I believe we had two alternatives to try this and we allow them to play via they usually went and scored the primary aim.”

David Ball didn’t journey to Melbourne with Talay opting to relaxation the ahead for Friday’s sport after taking part in the earlier 4 with a torn ligament in his toe.

“We thought that we’d shield him. I believe he was very sore after the final sport so we thought we might give him some additional days to recuperate. Fingers crossed he’ll hopefully be [back for the Wanderers].”



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