2 Jan 2009

Brown takes over captain's armband for Phoenix

3:36 pm on 2 January 2009

The Wellington Phoenix midfielder Tim Brown will captain the side in tomorrow's A- league football game against the Newcastle Jets in the capital.

Brown will deputise for the suspended Andrew Durante while Brown's regular midfield partner Jon McKain will also be missing after collecting his fifth yellow card of the season in Brisbane last weekend.

With four games left to secure a first ever playoffs berth the attack minded Phoenix coach Ricki Herbert says he will go with three up front as the did last week against Queensland while Brown will also look to push forward as well.

The Phoenix are fifth in the competition but a loss tomorrow would probably mean they have to win all three remaining matches to make the top four playoffs.