Phoenix first off the blocks

Sunday, 28th March 2010 4:02pm
Wellington Phoenix may have finished fourth in the 2009/10 season but the team had the best first half performance of all the teams.

Considering just the first half result only, the Phoenix accumulated a total of 40 points going into half time, leading in nine matches and drawing in 13 others.

However, it should be pointed out that the team in seventh place Newcastle Jets is just five points behind.

The actual final A-League table is here and below is the first half table:


TeamPlayedWonDrawLostForAgainstGDPts
Wellington Phoenix 27 9 135 1514 140
Melbourne Victory 27 10 98 2221 139
Sydney 27 8 145 179 838
Gold Coast 27 10 89 1515 038
Central Coast Mariners 27 9 108 1614 237
Perth Glory 27 8 127 2014 636
Newcastle Jets 27 8 118 1923 -435
Brisbane Roar 27 7 119 1617 -132
Adelaide Utd 27 7 119 1113 -232
NQ Fury 27 5 913 1021 -1124


I think a first half lead is very important in the A-League because in 68 matches a team winning at half-time went on to win the match.

This is 64.4% of the 106 matches that didn't end in a draw.

Back to the table, the North Queensland Fury went into half time behind in 13 matches and its therefore not surprising that the team only got 24 points in the half time table.


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