A-League 2017/18: WSW slaughter Wellington for the second time

The Wanderers returned to Spotless Stadium, defeating a struggling Wellington Phoenix 4-1 on Saturday night.

Chris Iknomidis came close from a free kick before Brendon Samtalab struck from close range. The home squad’s concentration lapsed, however, allowing the Phoenix to grab one back minutes later.

The second half arm-wrestle continued with chances at both ends, but it was the Wanderers that struck first through Brandan Hamill.

Hamill found the net again in the 78th minute from yet another corne where the Nix’s marking was suspect, before Ikonomidis finished things off with a simple finish.

Chris Greenacre takes charge yet again

With non-saviour Darije Kalezic giving up as coach earlier in the week, it was up to the former Phoenix striker to step up. Kalezic had departed New Zealand mere days before the contest and the message from Greenacre was clear – go out and enjoy your football again.

2 Minutes of Madness at the end of the first

Brendon Santalab scored first for the home side but Sarpreet Singh responded quickly with just his second goal in the A-League. Santalab also recorded his 10th against Wellington. In an otherwise pedestrian first half, the two goals lit up the contest – sparking the quiet and protesting RBB into life.

Hamill villain and hero

He arguably could have been sent off for a cynical challenge on Nathan Burns to deny the striker to be sent through by Roy Krishna – he received a yellow instead. The defender then went up the other end and hammered a header home to regain the Wanderers a lead. Hamill then repeated the trick again with his feet from another corner. Many Nix fans will feel aggrieved that he had the chance to finish from the set piece twice, while the RBB showed their delight.