Striker Roy Krishna scored a late winner as the Wellington Phoenix equalled their A-League club record of seven games unbeaten with a 3-2 away victory over Western Sydney Wanderers.
Krishna’s 89th-minute, near-post header from a cross from substitute Max Burgess was his second of the game and seventh of the season.
The win at ANZ Stadium lifted Phoenix to fifth above Adelaide, and ten points clear of eighth-placed Western Sydney.
It was hard luck for a Wanderers side that created just as many good chances in a free-flowing game, but lost two key overseas players to injury in the first half.
German playmaker Alexander Baumjohann limped off with a hamstring injury after five minutes and Spanish striker Oriol Riera came off with a groin problem just before halftime.
Prior to getting scan results on both men, Wanderers’ coach Markus Babbel didn’t expect either of them to be fit for Sunday’s away game against Perth.
His Phoenix counterpart Mark Rudan praised his side for not dropping their heads after twice conceding the lead.
“We didn’t play well today, we didn’t hold on to the ball as well we could have and should have,” Rudan said.
“We take a lot of pride in making sure we defend well from setpieces and we concede two from setpieces today so that’s something I’m not very happy with.
“But in terms of everything else, I’m pretty pleased pretty content.”
Phoenix opened the scoring with a well constructed and executed goal to Louis Fenton.