Rogerson hoping for big return home when Phoenix U-20 meet Hamilton


Wellington Phoenix U-20 Head Coach Hedge is looking for a big game from hometown hero Logan Rogerson, when Phoenix play Hamilton Wanderers in Waikato on Saturday.

Phoenix are hopeful Rogerson will rediscover his scoring touch this weekend by targeting the forward more often.

“He had a frustrating start where he missed a few chances, and with all young players their confidence levels can fluctuate,” Hedge said.

Rogerson, who has found the net once this season, has been advised that if he keeps working at it, the goals will come.

“He try’s hard [Rogerson] and never stops working. His decision-making is improving all the time, by playing with the pros [A-League squad] he advances his ability,” Hedge said.

“We are looking for him to score more goals. We need to get him in those goal scoring positions.”

The Nix’s are expecting a tough game in Hamilton and will be setting up slightly differently from last week when they face the Wanderers.

“It is very similar to last week, they’re very organised. Mark and Hobbo [Mark Cossey and Paul Hobson] are experienced coaches, so they will work hard for each other and have a good team ethic,” Hedge added.

“We are expecting a tough battle. We just have go out there and give as good as we get and be better with the ball,” Hedge added.