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David Ball Praises Forward Understanding

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Wellington Phoenix forward David Ball has praised the rest of his forward line.

The English forward has been joined up front by fellow imports Gary Hooper and Ulises Davila, and the trio have formed an excellent attacking unit.


Mexican forward Davila has 12 goals this season, while David Ball has struck seven and ex-Celtic star Hooper eight. The three are fairly flexible in the final third of the pitch, while Ball and Davila particularly interchangeable.

Davila normally starts in the hole, while Ball plays our wide right. But they can often be seen swapping around as Ufuk Talay’s side values fluidity in attack.


Talay plays an extremely intense brand of football and that means a lot of running for whoever plays in the no. 10 role. Davila generally begins the game doing a lot of graft, but will eventually switch out with Ball to keep legs fresh in that area.

Ball said: “The three of us work really well, and whoever has been coming onto the other side links with us well. Me and Uley (Davila), he hasn’t played as many games as me and fitness wise, the 10s in our side are asked to do a lot of work.

“When there’s times that Uley might need a little breather I’ll step in and do the work.”


With just one more game before A-League finals come around, Talay will need to have his front three fit and firing for the big dance. Wellington Phoenix have the chance to finish the campaign in their highest possible league position, but Ball said none of the players are focused on that.

“It doesn’t matter who you play, it just depends on who turns up on the day. We’re capable of beating anyone and we’re not even looking that far ahead - we just want three points on Thursday.”

Hooper won’t feature against Newcastle Jets as he tries to enter the finals playoffs fully fit and ready to go again. The former Premier League striker will be a miss, but Ball isn’t afraid of that.

He said: “Having a fully fit Hoops, for any team, would be massive but we’ve won games without him. When we need to dig deep and cover for each other then we will do.”

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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