A-League 2020: Wellington Phoenix clean slate heading into finals

Having secured their highest finish to the regular season in their 13-year existence, the Wellington Phoenix are aiming to make more history in the A-League playoffs.

A third-place finish means they'll face Perth Glory in their elimination final on Saturday and the team is confident they can put a string of mixed recent results behind them and begin their charge to a first-ever final. 

"We've broken a couple of records this season with the worst start and the best finish," says coach Ufuk Talay. "So this group can achieve anything they put their mind to."

Last month, the Phoenix beat the Glory 2-1 in their most recent match last month, but Perth have won the previous two clashes before lockdown.

"We'll prepare the way we need to prepare, and see how we can hurt them and how we can nullify them at the same time," Talay adds.

Since the restart last month the Phoenix have suffered some speed wobbles, with their win over Perth their only from their six games.  

"I don't care if we win ugly personally," says captain Steven Taylor. "For me, it's about making sure you win, as long as you win. 

"We've been fantastic making a bit of history finishing third, but this is what it's all about as a footballer - winning this whole competition."

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