Herbert full of pride despite defeat

08 April 2012 10:40:33 EST

Even though Wellington Phoenix were knocked out of the A-League finals by Perth Glory, coach Ricki Herbert says that he is still proud of his players' effort.

The Phoenix led 2-1 in the second half, but Glory striker Billy Mehmet brought his team level and forced extra-time. Then Todd Howarth scored the winning goal of the match in the 112th minute and ended Phoenix's hoped of progressing.

Everybody has given everything, I'm incredibly proud.

Ricki Herbert

In the post-match interview, Herbert was clearly upset as he believes his team should have been awarded a penalty kick for Dean Heffernan's foul on Paul Ifill.

Such an abrupt and cruel ending to their season disappointed the Phoenix boss but he was still proud of his troops' efforts.

It should be noted that the Phoenix's mere existence was in question before the start of the season due to financial problems and for them to qualify for the finals even in such conditions was a source of pride for Herbert.

He said: "Everybody has given everything, I'm incredibly proud. Given a penalty tonight, which looked like a pretty clear penalty, maybe the result could have been a bit different.

"I think it was pretty even. We started well and I didn't really think they created a lot of opportunities.

"I thought in the second half we were really strong. We got better ball in the box and we looked like a side that probably could go on and win it.

"We've gone the journey and were minutes away from going to a penalty shoot-out. We'll cop that one on the chin and it's tough."

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