A-League: Mark Rudan praises Phoenix's attackers after Jets win

Phoenix coach Mark Rudan has labelled his attacking unit the best in the A-League, after their commanding win over the Newcastle Jets in Wellington.

Despite missing the league's top scorer, Roy Krishna (15 goals), to suspension, the Phoenix won 4-1, with striker David Williams scoring a hat-trick - the third Wellington player to join the roll of honour, alongside Nathan Burns and Blake Powell.

Williams, who partnered Max Burgess and Sapreet Singh up front, scored after 30 seconds, when he chipped the Jets goalkeeper, before adding two more in the second half to bring his season tally to 11.

The result means the Phoenix are one win away from qualifying for the playoffs for the first time since the 2014-15 season. 

Krishna will be back on deck next week to partner Williams up front for Wellington's away clash to Adelaide United.

Rudan can't wait to re-unite the best striking pair in the league, who have combined for 26 goals this season.

"Without a shadow of a doubt, we have the best striking combination in the league," he said.

"We're a very dynamic side, we've got some fantastic footballers. When we move the ball around, we shift opposition teams around.

Phoenix coach Mark Rudan.
Phoenix coach Mark Rudan. Photo credit: Photosport

"When we're playing like that, when we're on song, we're an absolute joy to behold."

If Williams and Krishna can score five more goals in the remaining four games, they will have outscored the entire Phoenix squad from last season, which is some achievement.

Overall, the Phoenix have scored 41 goals this season, the third-most in the competition and four off the record they set also in the '14-15 season.

The win over Newcastle came at a cost, with defender Louis Fenton suffering a suspended fractured foot.

The fullback had to be assisted from the field and there are fears he could miss the remainder of the season.

"Our understanding is that it could be a fracture," said Rudan. "It's really unfortunate, if that's the case.

"Until we get the exact X-rays back and we know what's going on [it's hard to comment], but it's a massive loss for this football club.

"He's worked ever so hard to get to this stage, but knowing Louis, I wouldn't discount him. I think the kid would play with a broken foot for this football club and I say that because I believe he will do whatever it takes to get back into this team."

The Phoenix currently sit fourth on the ladder and hold a five-point lead over fifth-placed Melbourne City.


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