It’s time to keep the faith Phoenix fans


Dan Moskovitz is a 13-year-old Wellington Phoenix fan and he has an important message for all the club’s supporters – keep the faith.

Zero Goals, three losses from three games. Not the best start, but there is plenty of reason for optimism.

Last Sunday, Wellington Phoenix took on Sydney FC. Phoenix lost the game to a 92nd minute winner from Milos Ninkovic, notwithstanding that two almost certain goals were ruled out by highly debatable offside decisions.

As the full time whistle sounded, there were some jeers at the Cake Tin. It’s seems easy to be critical at this point, but we should keep the faith.

When you consider that our opponents in Round 1 Melbourne City have scored six goals since the game at Westpac Stadium, Perth Glory have scored nine goals, including the two against us, and Sydney had scored eight goals coming into Sunday’s match, our defence has been doing well.

Take into consideration Andrew Durante was missing in the first game and Tom Doyle in the first two, the defence has been doing very well. It’s true that we can’t stop everything, but we are doing well.

We dominated possession against Sydney and played over 100 more passes then them. In the end we couldn’t make it count, but it is a good sign of life.

Who knows what may have been had the offside decisions gone our way, but what’s done is done and Head Coach Ernie Merrick has said he won’t pursue it any further.

Sydney FC was never going to be an easy team to break our scoring duck against, but we showed good signs against them and we are looking good for our game against Melbourne Victory on Halloween. 

They have conceded six goals in their first three games, an average of two per game. This is the time to break our duck, get the win at the Etihad, build momentum ahead of the Jets visit on 5 November and bring things to the #NixLevel.

Keep an eye out for more from our teenage reporter Dan Moskovitz during the season.