Draws dominate as Phoenix rises
Wellington Phoenix won their third successive match when they beat ladder topping Melbourne Victory in the first match of round 13.
The Phoenix went into fourth place after the match but finished the round in fifth on goal difference after the Central Coast Mariners somehow managed to retrieve a point in their match against Perth Glory.
Round 13 was dominated by draws with the Phoenix being the only team to get maximum points and Victory managed to hold on the top position after Adelaide could only get a draw against Newcastle Jets.
This is the third round this season when there has been three draws in a round. The other rounds were 1 and 7.
Queensland Roar's draw against Sydney means that the Roar has once again failed to win away to Sydney FC in the A-League in seven matches. Below is the full list of the matches between the Roar away to Sydney FC:
|2005/6||12||Sydney FC||1||Queensland Roar||0|
|2006/7||7||Sydney FC||1||Queensland Roar||1|
|2006/7||14||Sydney FC||3||Queensland Roar||0|
|2007/8||14||Sydney FC||0||Queensland Roar||0|
|2007/8||22||Sydney FC||0||Queensland Roar||0|
|2008/9||7||Sydney FC||1||Queensland Roar||1|
|2008/9||13||Sydney FC||1||Queensland Roar||1|
Interestingly the last four matches have been drawn and so maybe the Roar is not far from a win.
In the 13 matches between the two teams, the Roar has only managed to beat Sydney FC twice.
Next week is round 14 and by the end of it the teams will have played each other twice and lets see if the Phoenix will rise to the top four.
The Phoenix next play Adelaide and a win will mean they will be equal on points with the World Club Championships bound club.