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Monday, December 2, 2019

Wellington Phoenix's rise from the depths of the Hyundai A-League table

Wellington Phoenix's rise from the depths of the Hyundai A-League table comes as no surprise to a trio of the Kiwi club's star players.

The ‘Nix notched their first away win of the season on Sunday with an upset 2-1 win over in-form Adelaide United at Coopers Stadium to move off the bottom of the ladder.

The result was the second win in as many weeks for Ufuk Talay’s side as they look to get their season back on track after taking just a single point from their opening five matches.

They now move to ninth in the competition standings, but are just one point shy of a sixth-placed Brisbane Roar side they defeated in Round 7.

After conceding the opening goal prior to the hour, the Phoenix rallied with a quick one-two punch that stunned a Reds outfit that had won their past four matches.

Englishman David Ball netted his maiden Hyundai A-League goal with a neat finish from Jaushua Sotirio’s low cross to commence the fightback, before Ulises Davila wrapped up the points with a penalty just four minutes later.

Speaking post-match, Ball told FOX Sports he never doubted that his side would find their feet after settling into the stewardship of Talay.
“I’m delighted for the boys. It’s first away win and it’s obviously a tough place to come and I’m just delighted for everyone,” the Manchester City youth product said.
He added: “We’re a young group and just needed that little bit of confidence in what we are doing and we are getting that now. You can obviously see it on the pitch.”
All Whites international midfielder Alex Rufer was instrumental in the build-up to his side’s opening goal, and said he never doubted the results would come.
He now believes his side have the opportunity to prove themselves as finals contenders.