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Blake Powell has led Wellington to a stunning 5-2 win over Western Sydney

The Western Sydney Wanderers have been stunned at home by the Phoenix, with a brilliant Blake Powell scoring four of Wellington's goals in their 5-2 win.
Blake Powell scores four as Wellington Phoenix defeats Western Sydney Wanderers in goal fest
The performance was flat and the result a shock, with the Wanderers going down 5-2 to the struggling Wellington Phoenix and missing their chance to reclaim top spot on the ladder. It’s also the most goals the Wanderers have ever conceded.
It was easily their worst performance of the season, but Popovic insists his team will move on quickly as their focus turns to Saturday’s massive Sydney derby.
“Overall as a unit, as a collective, probably our worst 90 in terms of how we defended. I haven’t been able to say that this year,” Popovic said.
“We’ve just got to accept today wasn’t our best. I think defensively we had a tough night, not that we got outplayed, but we didn’t deal with the big men up front.
“This one game isn’t going to derail our season. We’ve got to accept it, we’re still in a very healthy position and we’ve got to move on. And we’ll move on very quickly - Sydney FC is always a special game.”
Powell, the former Sydney FC player, was outstanding. His 33rd minute hat-trick was the second fastest in the history of the A-League, after Besart Berisha did it in 29 minutes against Adelaide in 2011/12.
He also became just the fifth player in the A-League to score four goals or more in a single game, with Shane Smeltz, Alessandro Del Piero, Archie Thompson and Berisha the only players to have previously accomplished the feat.
The first half was a crazy half. We had a lot of opportunities, we didn’t score. They had three attempts, scored three. You go in at half time 3-0 down - I think that pretty much summed up our day.”
With the score 4-0 in the second half, the Wanderers attempted to claw their way back into the game when in-form players Mitch Nichols and Mark Bridge got on the scoresheet, but they were just consolation goals after Michael McGlinchey wrapped things up for the Phoenix with a 90th minute penalty. It also resulted in a straight red card for young defender Jonathan Aspro, leaving Popovic with a headache in the centre of defence for Saturday’s match.
In what was a quite bizarre first half, the Phoenix refused to stick to the script.

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