Wellington Phoenix will be left flummoxed at how they squandered a three-goal lead following their 3-3 draw with Brisbane Roar on Saturday afternoon.
The Phoenix put themselves in a supremely comfortable position at Westpac Stadium, racing to a 3-0 advantage after just 20 minutes; Adrija Kaluderovic scoring twice and Roy Krishna submitting a contender for goal of the season.
They were unable to hold the lead though, as Brisbane came back from a poor first half defensive display to steal a point, with a goal to Avraam Papadopoulos and a brace for striker Massimo Maccarone, who slotted away the equalising penalty in the 82nd minute.
Here’s how we rated each player:
Keegan Smith (GK) – 5
The first two goals he conceded were both cases of 'good-but-not-good-enough'. Twice he adjusted to make a desperate save but he could’ve made the situation easier for himself by holding the ball or organising his wall.
Credit for getting himself involved in a stoush with Maccarone over the penalty, which was entertaining.
Ali Abbas – 6.5
Given the hard task of trying to keep Eric Bautheac honest out wide, the full-back prospered in showing great energy penetrating the left flank, and his sense of adventure will trouble teams this year.
Tom Doyle – 6
Doyle did the simple things well as a makeshift centre back replacing Andrew Durante, but was on the back foot in the second half as Brisbane pressed for an equaliser and winner.
Daniel Mullen © – 6.5
Mullen doesn’t quite have the authoritative presence Durante possesses, but won nine of his 11 duels over the match and was generally aware of what happened around him. Didn’t quite cope with the pressure Brisbane applied late.
Scott Galloway – 5
Was taken off after 25 minutes with an injury. Didn’t do much wrong in his time on the field, and struggled to deal with Fahid Ben Khalfallah on the flanks.
Matthew Ridenton – 5.5
Ridenton’s job was simple: help out in front of his back four, stay goal-side of the Brisbane midfielders, congest the middle third and play basic passes forward. He did it competently but unfortunately conceded the penalty at the end.