Wanderers back into top six

12 February 2018 04:27:01 EST

Western Sydney Wanderers reclaimed their top-six spot with a 4-0 win over bottom side Wellington Phoenix.

Josep Gombau's side made it back-to-back victories as they easily disposed of the visitors at ANZ Stadium.

Oriol Riera settled the nerves with a sixth-minute goal, and two more in the space of nine minutes in the second half broke the game open before Jaushua Sotirio's fourth with eight minutes to go.

Western Sydney had lost their Finals Series spot to Brisbane earlier in the round but are now three points ahead of John Aloisi's team with a game in hand.

New signing Chris Ikonomidis starred on his starting debut on the right wing and scored the third goal.

He played the initial part in the opening goal, battling to keep possession in the box and seeing the ball spill to Josh Risdon. A curling cross from Risdon picked out the head of Riera who nodded firmly past keeper Lewis Italiano.

Wellington had the chance to equalise before the break but top scorer Andrija Kaludjerovic screwed his shot wide when free at the far post following a corner.

The Phoenix fell apart after the hour mark, conceding three goals in the space of 18 minutes.

First Marcelo Carrusca's corner was thumped home by the head of Michael Thwaite, giving Italiano no chance.

It was 3-0 on 72 minutes when Mark Bridge's delightful backheel opened the door for Ikonomidis to shoot low into the net.

Wanderers added a fourth when Brendon Santalab got the better of his defender to fire in a shot that was parried into the path of Sotirio who buried the loose ball past Italiano.

Western Sydney are 12121/1 to win the Grand Final.

Wanderers are 8/13 to finish in the top six.

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