Wellington Phoenix have moved off the bottom of the table in emphatic fashion defeating Perth Glory 5-2 claiming their first victory in the process. Xavi Torres opened the scoring and Shane Lowry equalised the match at 2-2 after 47 minutes, but three unanswered goals to Gui Finkler and a brace from Andrija Kaluderovic earned the Nix the three points. Dario Vidosic and Goran Paracki scored first-half goals for Wellington. Kaluderovic is leading the line for the club but no doubt Head Coach Darije Kalezic will be the most relieved man across the ditch.
The Swiss-born manager avoided equalling or even surpassing Nick Theodorakopoulos’ record of the worst start to an A-League coaching career. Thodorakopoulos managed Newcastle Jets in the 2006-07 season but was sacked after losing four and drawing three of his seven matches at the helm.
New Zealand Knights gave Barry Simmonds the flick after four games between November and December of the 2006-07 season as well after losing two and drawing two matches before Ricki Herbert took charge at the club that soon became defunct.
Kalezic went without a victory in five matches which had the Phoenix at the bottom of the table, but with a win in Round Six they are within reach of moving into the top six next week if they can defeat Western Sydney Wanderers away from home.
Let’s move now to Kaluderovic. Why is he happy? He’s scoring goals, of course. But it’s not just the five goals in six matches that will have him smiling. It’s a little piece of Wellington Phoenix history because he has now scored more goals at this point of a season than any other Wellington player after six rounds.
- Andrija Kaluderovic (5) 2017-18
- Roy Krishna (4) 2016-17
- Nathan Burns (4) 2014-15
- Shane Smeltz (4) 2008-09
- Roy Krishna (3) 2015-16
- Paul Ifill (3) 2010-11
- Shane Smeltz (3) 2007-08
- Jeremy Brockie (2) 2013-14
- Stein Huysegems (2) 2012-13
- Chris Greenacre (2) 2011-12
- Chris Greenacre and Paul Ifill (2) 2009-10