Moss slams Phoenix display

20 March 2017 08:44:38 EST

Wellington Phoenix's 3-1 defeat to Western Sydney leaves them struggling to make the Finals Series, and keeper Glen Moss admits they don't deserve a top-six spot right now.

Moss, who is a senior member of the leadership group, isn't giving up on the season but it was a tough loss for the New Zealand side at Spotless Stadium.

If they'd beaten sixth-placed Wanderers, Wellington would have moved above them in the table.

Instead, there's a five-point gap with just four games to play.

"I'm not sure what else we can do but keep working hard and battling away and now we've got to hope for a few results to go our way," said the New Zealand international. "We don't deserve it, put it that way."

The Phoenix showed their finals credentials at the end of last month when they won away against Brisbane, but apart from that success they've picked up just two points in seven games.

Moss was frank in his assessment of what was going wrong at the club.

"We've got a few players out there who just kind of do what they want and don't stick to the game-plan and it shows," he said. "We've been [working on] it for the last couple of weeks but it just doesn't sink in."

Western Sydney took an early lead when fullback Scott Neville won a loose ball inside the visitors' area and the ball fell to Nico Martinez who fired a low shot past Moss.

Five minutes before the break they doubled their lead, Moss having no chance with Brendon Santalab's powerful strike after the striker was picked out by Mitch Nichols.

Wellington needed an early response in the second half but instead it was Wanderers who scored soon after the restart, Santalab burying a close-range header at the far post from Martinez's cross.

The Phoenix pulled a goal back 14 minutes from time as, from a free-kick just outside the area, Gui Finkler curled a superb shot beyond Vedran Janjetovic.

The Phoenix are 8/5 to win their next game against Newcastle, who are 13/8 with the draw 5/2.

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