Experienced striker Chris Greenacre is warning that there must be no letting up by the Wellington Phoenix when they take on Melbourne Heart at Westpac Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
The Phoenix go into the clash in third place on the Hyundai A-League ladder, one point better than fourth-placed Heart, and off the back of back-to-back away wins for the first time in the club-s history.
“That was a massive six points and it imperative that we back it up by playing well and beating the Heart,” Greenacre said.
“We are in the right frame of mind after two good performances and two great results, so we have to make sure that the hard work we put in across the Tasman last week isn-t wasted.
“A win would also be a boost for our supporters after the disappointment of seeing us lose to Perth in our last home game.
“That result was a blow. Everything about the day was poor, from the weather to our performance. Despite that I thought we were worth at least a point.
“We bounced back from that with the two wins on the road and now we have to continue that form.”
When the teams met in Morwell earlier in the season Heart snatched the three points with a 1-0 win that was harsh on the Phoenix.
“Even though we weren-t at our best I felt we should have got something out of that game and perhaps we owe them one,” Greenacre said.
“It won-t be easy though. Heart is a tough team to beat. They are a young side with eager, hungry players.”
The Phoenix are likely to be without last week-s match winner Manny Muscat who is in Melbourne with his wife Rebecca who is expecting the couple-s first child on Monday.
Vince Lia, who has been out of action with a knee injury, trained today without any problems and if he can get through another session tomorrow could be available to take Muscat-s place at right back.
Otherwise the squad is likely to be the same as that which won the two games in Australia.