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Australian Football: Sail stars in Phoenix win

Wellington Phoenix moved to fourth on the A-League ladder courtesy of a 3-0 win over Brisbane Roar with goalkeeper Oli Sail having a standout performance.

The Nix are priced at 1/5 to finish in the finals positions and now have a great chance to cement their place between now and the end of the season.

Sail stars in goal

The 3-0 scoreline looks comfortable on paper but it was far from it and Sail was called upon to pull off some great saves as the home side refused to give up at Moreton Daily Stadium.

An own-goal from Scott Neville edged the Nix in front on 20 minutes before goals from Ben Waine and Ben Old extended the lead after the break.

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However Roar were not dead and the scoreline could have looked a lot different had Sail not kept them at bay.

“I’m delighted for the boys,” Phoenix assistant coach Giancarlo Italiano told media after the match. “I thought it was an excellent performance [with] true grit.

“It was a very polished defensive performance. Oli was exceptional today. Credit to him for us keeping the three points.

“They did exactly what was asked of them before the game and if we keep going like that it’ll be a very good remainder of the season.”

Finals push

The games are set to come thick and fast between now and the end of the season and Italiano says the players are up for it.

“The excitement is measured because we have a high turnaround of games and it will put a strain on the squad in the next couple of weeks,” he added. “But the boys are really pumped for making a run into the six.”

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