A-League tactics: midfield domination key to Wellington’s recent run

Jeremy Brockie and his goals stole the headlines against Brisbane but Wellington’s midfield, as in recent weeks, was the real star of the show

For the first time since October 2012, over 10,000 Phoenix fans came through the gates at the ‘Cake Tin’ to see Wellington put three unanswered goals past Brisbane Roar. A certain Alessandro Del Piero was the draw card to that match over two years ago, when the Italian made his A-League debut for Sydney FC, but on Sunday, the crowd was there to see an in-form Phoenix side soar to second place in the ladder.

Jeremy Brockie scored twice in his final game for the club but it was the midfield area which was key. “All three of our midfielders were outstanding,” said Ernie Merrick post-game. “Albert [Riera], Vince [Lia] and Alex Rodriguez were setting up Roly [Bonevacia], who was playing in an advanced position, Jeremy Brockie had a terrific game and Michael [McGlinchey] just ran out of legs towards the end. I didn’t think we had a bad player today.”

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