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Inspired Krishna Fires Phoenix to Win

While the Phoenix were on top in an enthralling contest, the all-important goal was proving elusive with some good chances going begging and a scoreless draw looked on the cards.#Enter Fijian speedster Roy Krishna in the 70th minute and suddenly the home side looked more dangerous.#Only a timely intervention by a Wanderers defender stopped Krishna scoring with his first touch, and 10 minutes later it was the diminutive striker who set up Nathan Burns for the deciding goal.#Released on the left flank with a pass from the impressive Roly Bonevacia, Krishna sped away and rolled an inch-perfect pass into the path of Nathan Burns who netted for his fourth goal of the season.#Michael McGlinchey had to chance to join Burns on four goals minutes later when the Phoenix were awarded a penalty but he was thwarted by goalkeeper Ante Covic.#Merrick was obviously delighted with the three points and was just as pleased with the way the win was achieved.#“We beat what is officially the best team in Asia and did it in style,” an upbeat Merrick said.#“We made it difficult for ourselves by missing a penalty and a couple of clear-cut first half chances, but we persevered and finished with a clean sheet, a good footballing performance and three points to boot.#“I think the mind set of let’s go out and win and play good football is becoming instilled in the players.#“It helps to have players like Roly and Mikey who can play different positions because we now have that mobility which means we can bring on the likes of Roy.”#Asked about the way he set up Burns for the winning goal, the softly-spoken Krishna said it was straight from the training ground.#“Ernie just told me to play the way we train and that’s what I did,” Krishna said.#“When I looked up I knew where Burnsie would be and just slid it across to him. That is what we do every day at training.”#Krishna said being in a professional environment had helped him improve his game and physical condition.#“When I joined the Phoenix last season I was a bit weak but I have been getting stronger and more confident and enjoying myself every day.”#The win was marred by a shoulder injury to Louis Fenton who had been outstanding at right back till a Wanderers player fell on him and dislocated his left shoulder.#Fenton, who missed much of last season with a serious injury to his right shoulder, was taken to hospital and the club will be waiting anxiously for the outcome of scans on the injury.#“It is really disappointing for the lad because he has come back from the last injury in great form,” Merrick said.#“Hopefully it isn’t as bad as it looks but we’ll have to wait and see.”#Fenton was due to leave with the All Whites straight after the game for a two-game tour to China and Thailand.#Phoenix defender Tom Doyle was also ruled out of the tour on Thursday with an ankle injury.#Wellington Phoenix: Glen Moss, Louis Fenton (Michael Boxall 74m), Ben Sigmund, Andrew Durante, Manny Muscat, Albert Riera, Alex Rodriguez (Roy Krishna 70m) , Roly Bonevacia, Vince Lia, Michael McGlinchey, Nathan Burns.# Source: Wellington Phoenix#

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