After six consecutive matches away from home the Wellington Phoenix are chomping at the bit to return to Westpac Stadium on New Year’s Day.
This Sunday’s clash against cellar-dwelling Adelaide United will be Wellington’s first at the venue in almost two months, a period in which they picked up eight points from a possible 18.
The stadium has been out of action since an earthquake hit Wellington and devastated areas in the top half of the South Island.
Goalkeeper Glen Moss said the return to Westpac would be a welcome boost for his side.
“Definitely looking forward to it, that’s for sure,” Moss said.
“To have three, four games at home, we haven’t had that since November.
“It’s something we have been looking forward to, so yeah it could be a bit of a platform there to get some results and kick start us for that run into the finals.
“New Year’s Day, hopefully we will get a good crowd there as well, so we are definitely looking forward to it.”
— Wellington Phoenix (@WgtnPhoenixFC) December 28, 2016
Adelaide have just one win in 12 games this season – with their lone victory ironically coming against the Phoenix four weeks ago – and Guillermo Amor’s team will arrive in New Zealand having conceded 10 goals in their last three encounters.
But Wellington left back Tom Doyle, who this week secured a two-year extension on his contract with the club, said he wasn’t reading much into those stats.
“That [Adelaide’s recent form] can be dangerous though, can’t it?” Doyle said.
“We know what they are capable of, they did it last season when they lost seven on the trot and ended up winning the league.
“We don’t take any team lightly and are just going to come out guns blazing.
“We have obviously watched through [Adelaide’s] footage and we kind of go from there.
“I think we should get the points there, we have played three games away from home in a row now, Auckland, Hamilton and then away [at Newcastle] on the weekend.
“We have got three results from it, three undefeated games, so we have got the ball rolling now, it’s all kind of positive around the camp so hopefully we can keep that ball rolling and get another point or three.”
— Wellington Phoenix (@WgtnPhoenixFC) December 29, 2016