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Australian Football: Talay ready for Western showdown

Wellington Phoenix coach Ufuk Talay says his players are ready for the sudden death finals showdown with Western United and says the form book can go out of the window.

The Nix are priced at 16/1 to go on and win the grand final and Talay says the clash against Western is a one-off that could go either way.

Inconsistent form

Western have had a great season but stuttered towards the end when picking up just one point from their last three games.

Talay’s men have also been inconsistent and have been on a win one lose one run over the final weeks of the regular season.

But Talay does not believe that will count for much in the do-or-die encounter.

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"Momentum is important, but at the same time it's still a one-off game," Talay told reporters. "You want to be playing your best football in that game because you have to get the job done, possibly in 90 minutes, maybe extra-time and it goes to pens but it's a one-off game.

"Everyone will lift because it's finals football. Every player, every opposition will lift for that. It's nice to have that momentum and that confidence going into finals football but I still believe it's on the day."

Nix have the edge

Wellington also have a good record over Western United. They have won six out of eight games against them. Including both games this season. But again Talay is not reading too much in to that.

"They're still a good team, they finished in a good position in the back end of the season, they've got some experienced players," Talay added. "We've had some good results against them but that was in the regular season. Finals football for me is a lot different, it's a one-off game."

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