Wellington Phoenix coach Ufuk Talay hailed his personnel’s persona after they climbed off the underside of the A-League ladder by punishing a wasteful Newcastle personnel on Sunday.
A purpose in every half of at McDonald Jones Stadium secured Wellington’s first win in 5 matches and their 2-0 victory snapped the Jets’ 5-game unbeaten bustle, which had gleaned them 11 points.
Newcastle had 12 more photos than the guests, but would possibly well no longer find a plot through a resolute defence.
English striker David Ball, cash in on a two-match suspension, opened the scoring in the 22nd minute.
His shot from upright inside the penalty plight deflected off Jets captain Nigel Boogaard, leaving goalkeeper Jack Duncan flat-footed.
Phoenix doubled their lead in the 53rd with a cracking sincere-foot force from nearly 25 metres from 19-yr-outdated Ben Waine.
“I think the boys showed replace persona,” Phoenix coach Talay acknowledged.
“Self belief would possibly well also be low at instances if you’re no longer winning games, but I think the boys had been very disciplined, we defended completely.
“It is going to merely seem they had replace ball but no longer in areas the establish they would well in truth damage us, so it became as soon as a sizable shift.”
In the foremost half of, Newcastle’s Roy O’Donovan had a shot blocked by Phoenix goalkeeper Oliver Wing and became as soon as off path with one more one and a header.
Nikolai Topor-Stanley twice went terminate within seconds and Steven Ugarkovic had a valid long differ shot deflect upright huge.
Wing made a crucial establish from Valentino Yuel upright sooner than Waine scored, however the Jets lacked the creativity and penetration to prise open Wellington, who recorded their first lustrous sheet of the season.
It became as soon as upright their 2d victory of the campaign after beating early season ladder-leader Central Flit.
“We had heaps of alternatives in the foremost 25, 30 minutes and on one more day lets need been about a goals up, but tonight we upright weren’t quite appropriate enough in the final third when it mattered,” Newcastle coach Craig Deans acknowledged.
“We’re very disappointed on yarn of the goals we conceded weren’t sizable goals, so it became as soon as exiguous bit of our have doing.
“We upright regarded somewhat bit cautious which we have to in any appreciate times no longer be in truth at house, we should always be more assured, we would possibly perchance merely composed advantage ourselves.”
A visibly annoyed Deans approached the Wellington bench straight after the game.
“I went over on yarn of regarded as one of their coaches became as soon as trying to intimidate our players, so I don’t think that’s sincere,” acknowledged Deans, who became as soon as also annoyed that no Phoenix participant became as soon as booked for time wasting except stoppage time.