Rudan praises Phoenix reaction

11 March 2019 05:11:58 EST

Wellington Phoenix coach Mark Rudan says it was the response of his players, and not the scoreline, that pleased him most after their 8-2 thrashing of Central Coast.

The New Zealand side moved into the A-League top four on goal difference above Adelaide United with the victory in Gosford.

It was the biggest win in the club's history, with leading scorer Roy Krishna on target twice to join Sydney FC's Adam le Fondre at the top of the Golden Boot standings.

As far as Rudan was concerned, his pride came from the way the players were able to bounce back after a 1-0 home defeat to Sydney FC.

A run of just two points from four games had left the Phoenix vulnerable to being caught by seventh-placed Newcastle Jets.

The victory means they have increased that gap to five points, with six matches left of the regular season.

Speaking after the Mariners match, Rudan said: "I don't think any coach thinks they're going to hit eight past an opponent be it home or away, but certainly if you looked at the reaction from two weeks ago, it's a long time between drinks particularly after a loss.

"We worked extremely hard on making sure we weren't complacent, it was always going to be a banana-skin game as far as we're concerned, they had nothing to lose."

If they can stay in fourth spot it will earn Wellington a home final - a major improvement after they finished just one point above bottom side Central Coast last season.

Krishna moved to a personal best 14 goals for the season and is now within two of the current club record of 16 set by Jeremy Brockie in 2012-13.

The Phoenix are 6/5 to win their next game against Western Sydney, who are 2/1, with the draw 11/4.

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