It was business as usual for Wellington Phoenix co-coach Of Buckingham after Tuesday night’s 3-0 A-League upset of Melbourne Victory at Westpac Stadium.
The Phoenix’s fifth victory of the season has been put in place by Roly Bonevacia’s 33rd minute strike, and crowned by the end of the goals of Jacob Tratt and Kosta Barbarouses.
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He moved into fifth-placed Wellington in the top six for the first time this season, and gave them their fourth clean sheet in seven games.
While quietly satisfied with the result, Buckingham is said to be more person at the Phoenix is too carried away with it. “We know that the points that we need,” he said.
“We have set our goal at the beginning of the season, and we’re far from it. We still need 25 points from the remaining games of the fourth and stay in the fourth for the play-offs.”
Buckingham and co-coach Chris Greenacre has had only one defeat in seven games at the head of the Phoenix since he has taken after Ernie Merrick has resigned at the beginning of last month.
Wellington have created more opportunities on goal than any other team in the league and has produced the most shots on target, says Buckingham.
The conversion of these chances is still a work in progress, but in the meantime, the 31-year-old English is happy with the way the team is improving.
The holding midfielders Alex Rodriguez and Vince Lia to work well with a balance of four anchored by the Italian Marco Rossi and captain Andrew Durante in the middle.
“We’re starting to have a certain consistency – it is only the fourth time this season, we have been able to put four,” said Buckingham.
It is hoped that the consistency to win in Wellington, their third victory in as many games in eight days when they host Brisbane Roar on Saturday. Brisbane sit one and three points ahead of the Phoenix and fate of a defeat 3-2 to the Victory of the feet last week.
“Brisbane had a very good start of the season. They have stuttered in the past two weeks, but there are threats all over the pitch,” said Buckingham. “But we will continue to focus on our game, we need to back up with a defense as we showed tonight.”