Two-goal hero Brendan Hamill feels Western Sydney's 4-1 victory over Wellington at the weekend was a "huge" result for Wanderers.
Josep Gombau's side strengthened their grip on a top-six place as they beat the bottom side at Spotless Stadium. They moved up to fifth spot and have a four-point cushion inside the Finals Series places, as well as a better goal difference than seventh-placed Perth Glory.
Defender Hamill had only scored one goal this season until Saturday's clash with the Phoenix, when he came up with two second-half strikes.
It was a day of mixed fortunes for Hamill as he suffered a broken nose in the dying minutes of the game following a collision with Dylan Fox.
With 10 days between the Wellington match and their next outing at home to Brisbane, he won't be in danger of missing out. He may have surgery to realign his nose but the initial diagnosis is that he'll be able to continue training and playing.
The 25-year-old, who scored both his goals from corners taken by Alvaro Cejudo, said: "It's huge win for the team collectively. The second-half display, we took control more and took our chances.
"Having that going into the last four games is huge for us because we haven't cemented anything."
Hamill revealed his goals had come from rehearsed set-pieces - his first a well-timed header and his second a volley at the far post following Mark Bridge's flick-on.
"We have a few different routines so one was a flick-on from Bridgey and one was a near-post run, so credit to Alvaro [Cejudo] who whipped in both balls," he added. "We've got good aerial threats from set-pieces."
Western Sydney are 12121/1 to win the Grand Final and 8/13 to finish in the top six.
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