The Jets romped to a 3-0 victory at McDonald Jones Stadium thanks to a brace from Irishman Roy O'Donovan (37', 45') and a first in 11 games for Andrew Nabbout (54').

It was far from a happy return for Phoenix captain, Durante, who was back in action following an adductor injury. And speaking post match he didn't hold back.

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"Obviously it's nice to be back but we were our own worst enemy tonight," the defender told Fox Sports.

"We were giving the ball away in silly areas, we were inviting pressure, our passes were sloppy and we got what we deserved."

The Nix let slip a 3-0 lead against Brisbane last week, but Durante denied heads had dropped.

"I  don't think confidence is an issue I just think there's a few things to work on," he said.

"Our shape is a little bit off. We work on it a lot at training but come match day there's something that goes wrong so we need to address that.

It started to unravel for the visitors when Goran Paracki inexplicably passed the ball back to O'Donvan lurking near the goalmouth.

Young goalkeeper Keegan Smith did well to shutdown the first one-on-one with the Irishman only to see the striker net on the second attempt.

Despite the rout, the Durante said he was feeling good about his fitness.

"I got through 90 minutes today after I was meant to be out until the middle of January, so it's not too bad," he said.

"I've got a big international next week so I'm glad I got through it unscathed."

The Jets sit in third spot, just two point behind table-toppers Sydney FC, but it's been a horror stat for Wellington's new coach Darije Kalezic, with his team stll chasing their first win of the season.