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Greenacre talks up important win

17 March 2013 16:06

Wellington coach Chris Greenacre was quick to stress the importance of his team's 2-1 win over Perth Glory.

The interim boss also hinted the Phoenix, who are eager to avoid the wooden spoon, had revenge on their minds after Glory knocked them out of the finals series in 2012.

"It's always a tough place for us to come here," Greenacre said.

"With Perth the way they are in the league and coming off the back of three or four good performances and good wins we knew it was going to be difficult.

"Obviously Perth ended our playoff run last year so we had a little bit of something on the game."

Wellington had Glen Moss to thank for keeping them in front with the New Zealand international pulling off several fine saves to deny Glory at various stages in the game.

"Perth had a couple of good opportunities and Mossy pulled off two outstanding saves," Greenacre said.

"If they go in you go into half-time maybe two down and it's not a great position to be in but Mossy has come back from injury, he's missed a lot of the season, and he's thriving being that number one goalkeeper.

"He's got good competition with Mark Paston, both two experienced goalkeepers, but he showed his class today."

Although the club's top-scorer Jeremy Brockie failed to find the net, he played the role of provider and set up both Phoenix goals.

"He's been magnificent, I can't speak highly enough of Brock since he came to the club," Greenacre said.

"His attitude and his professionalism are second to none."

Greenacre's future is still up in the air with several candidates having expressed an interest in permanently filling the void left by Ricki Herbert.

But the 35-year-old admitted he would be interested in taking the job permanently.

"I'm only in my first year in a coaching role and you don't really identify 'do I really want to be a head coach or do I want to be a good number two'," Greenacre said.

"Until you have that experience I don't think you can decide, and in fairness this role has given me the idea that probably head coach is the way that I would like to go – if it's not now then definitely in the future."

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Competition
A-League
Date
17 March 2013
Game week
25
Kick-off
09:00
Half-time
0 - 1
Full-time
1 - 2
Venue
nib Stadium (Perth)
Attendance
6360

Goals

0 - 1
0 - 2
R. Nagai 76'  
1 - 2

Lineups

# Player Bookings
20
3 38'
22 55'
18
14
2
10 67'
8 35' 73'
7 81'
11
23 66'
Coach: C. Greenacre

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
28
13
6
30
# Player Bookings
4
15
21
1

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A-League table

# Team MP D P
1 7 +4 18
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