Phoenix striker Jeremy Brockie admitted he had the notorious Wellington wind to thank for his goal in his side’s 1-0 win over Western Sydney.
Brockie was curling in a cross from the left, but due to the blustery conditions at Westpac Stadium, the ball curved sharply past Wanderers goalkeeper Ante Covic, who was rooted to the spot.
“I’ll be the first to put my hand up and acknowledge that it was meant to be a cross to (Paul) Ifill at the far post. The Wellington wind helped me out,” Brockie said of his 22nd-minute winner.
“(Ifill) made a good run and I just tried to put a bit of pace on the ball. I think it was probably the pace with the wind that wrong-footed the keeper.
“I was a little bit embarrassed to celebrate but it hit the back of the net so I’m not going to complain.”
It was Brockie’s first goal at Westpac Stadium after scoring five on the road since breaking his drought with a double against Melbourne Victory in round five.
“It was a good feeling to score down that end where most of the supporters are. Hopefully it’s the first of many more to come at home,” he said.
The striker certainly has the golden touch with his feet at the moment but could not beat Covic with a header midway through the second half which would have made the game safe.
Alex Smith, Vince Lia, Ifill and Stein Huysegems also had chances against the hard-working Wanderers, who missed central midfielder Aaron Mooy (international duty).
“They’ve got some big units down the middle and we tried to go down the wings,” Brockie said.
“It worked early on in the first half for us until we scored the goal. Then we sat off a little bit.
“But we did have other opportunities to make it a little bit easier for ourselves. But I’m happy with the three points.”
The win lifted Wellington to fifth on the ladder with 12 points from three wins, three draws and three losses.
“I think that’s the best start we’ve had in six years,” Phoenix coach Ricki Herbert said. “We’ve always been battling around seven or eight (points).”