Saturday, December 31, 2011

Lack of edge costs Phoenix

Wellington Phoenix were masters of their own downfall as they suffered a disappointing 2-0 defeat to struggling Adelaide United – a real lack of killer instinct costing the Kiwis dear. Despite controlling large parts of the game and being favourites in the live soccer betting, Wellington were unable to make the most of their dominance and allowed Adelaide to take the points, goals from Bruce Djite and Anthony Golec giving the hosts the three points.

The Phoenix’s inconsistent start to the season seems set to continue unless they can begin taking their chances and making opponents pay when they have the chance. Chris Greenacre was frustrated again as he tried to give his side the advantage, with Daniel Cross smashing the upright with his powerful header as the visitors were left wondering how they hadn’t managed to register a goal.

Coach Ricki Herbert was one of a number inside the stadium surprised to see Adelaide come out of the match with their clean sheet intact.

“I thought it was a reasonable performance. We certainly had a few chances.”

“There were a ton of balls into the box but you have to put them away.

“I thought their first goal was disappointing on our part but we had plenty of opportunities to get back on terms.”

The Phoenix have been lucky that this year’s A-League has been one of the closest in recent years. Despite an inconsistent start to the year, the New Zealanders are still in a decent position and the soccer betting tips are predicting the club to mount a challenge on the top half of the table in the new year.

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