THE Wellington Phoenix have finished bottom of the A-League after a 3-2 loss to the Melbourne Victory in their final match of the season.
It was the second time the club, which plays in Australia’s domestic competition, has finished with the wooden spoon.They ended the season with 27 points, the same as the Melbourne Heart, but hit bottom due to their poor goal differential.
Their poor efforts throughout the season cost the job of coach Ricki Herbert, and saw them win only seven of their 27 matches.
Interim coach Chris Greenacre was upbeat about their efforts at the tail end of the campaign, however.
“When Jonathan [assistant coach Jonathan Gould] and I took over five weeks ago I just asked the players to eat, live and breathe the football club, and they’ve done that,” Greenacre told Fairfax NZ.
“It was important that we gave players direction on how we wanted to do things and that was to play attacking, expansive football. I think today’s been a perfect example of what we’ve asked them to do.”
Former Phoenix player Marco Rojas and Macros Flores had given Melbourne a 2-0 lead, before Stein Huysegems and Jeremy Brockie drew the Phoenix level.
Veteran Melbourne striker Archie Thompson netted a late winner.
The match was a final outing for Phoenix goalie Mark Paston, who was named captain for the day, while Brockie finished the regular season second on the scoring charts with 16.