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Humble Phoenix Not Thinking About 10

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Humble Wellington Phoenix aren’t thinking about extending their unbeaten run into double figures as they beat Western Sydney Wanderers 2-0 on Saturday.

The three points mean Ufuk Talay’s side have now gone nine games in a row without tasting a loss as they march up the A-League.

New summer signing Ulises Davilla hit his 11th of the season, before highly-rated youngster Liberato Cacace scored his first of the campaign. But Talay is keen to remind his men that success and failure are closely linked.

“I don’t look too far ahead, we take it game by game,” said the head coach. The Nix play Brisbane Roar next, who are third bottom with just one win in their last three matches.

And Talay is making sure that the whole squad doesn’t get ahead of themselves. While this run is positive, there is still a lot of football to be played between now and the end of the season as the Phoenix hunt a place in the play-offs.

Won nothing yet

“We try to stay grounded, we’re a humble side,” added the gaffer. “Our focus is to go into every game with a plan to get three points, and where we end up in the season is where we end up and well go from there.”

This group is well placed to build for the present and the future. Key players like Steven Taylor and Alex Rufer have signed contract extensions, while the squad includes several talented youngsters like Callum McCowatt and Cameron Devlin.

This is complimented by experienced professionals such as Gary Hooper and David Ball, which should make for entertaining times in Wellington over the next few seasons.

With Talay at the wheel, there is no knowing how far the Nix can go - but one thing is for sure, he’ll be there, whispering in his players’ ears about the importance of staying humble.

Russell hughes
Sports Pundit staff writer @rusty_hughes
I’m a cricket, rugby union and football writer based in Wellington but with one foot in South Africa and England

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