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Australian Football: Talay praises tired Nix

Wellington Phoenix boss Ufuk Talay was disappointed to concede a late equaliser against Adelaide United but had plenty of praise for his battle-weary side.

The Nix are priced at 11/4 to finish in the top six of the A-League this season and they are right in contention following a string of impressive results over the last week.

Late setback

The Nix looked on course to pick up their fourth win on the spin after Gael Sandoval put them in front in the 20th minute of the game, but a 92nd minute equaliser from Bernardo denied them all three points.

The sucker punch was hard to take as Wellington had dominated the game and had enough chances to put the game to bed.

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Adelaide United goalkeeper Joe Gauci pulled off a number of fine saves including one to deny Reno Piscopo after he had been put through by David Ball and should have scored.

Ball himself was guilty of missing good chances but he did set up the goal with a fine pass to Sandoval who made no mistake when slotting home at the far post.

Tired Phoenix

Talay was disappointed to drop two important points but he was also quick to acknowledge the fact that his players could have been feeling the effects of a heavy schedule.

"Disappointed to concede in the way that we did at the end but I think overall, three games in seven days, the boys backed up very well," Talay told reporters after the game.

"If we were a lot more clinical in front of the goal, caught them in transition a few more times and scored, it would have been a different story."

The games keep on coming as well with the Nix taking on Brisbane Roar at Leichhardt Oval on Wednesday.

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