3 Feb 2015

Phoenix beaten by Roar

12:24 pm on 3 February 2015

The Wellington Phoenix conceded a goal in the 92nd minute to lose 3-2 to the Brisbane Roar in their A-League match at Suncorp Stadium.

It ends the Phoenix's seven-game unbeaten streak.

Wellington Phoenix celebrate Roy Krishna's goal against Western Sydney Wanderers.

Wellington Phoenix celebrate Roy Krishna's goal against Western Sydney Wanderers. Photo: Photosport

The win puts Brisbane within three points of the top six, while it was a missed opportunity for the Phoenix, who could have moved to within striking distance of the leaders Perth Glory if they had protected their lead early in the second half.

The Phoenix coach Ernie Merrick says it's always tough when you concede the final goal in added time, but he admitted the Roar were deserving winners.

The Phoenix remain in fourth place, five points behind Perth Glory, and Brisbane are up to seventh, three points off the top six playoff places.

The Roar's new German connection powered them to the win with the returning Thomas Broich providing the assists for Brisbane's first two goals, and then a cross from summer recruit Jerome Polenz opened the door for Jean Carlos Solorzano to score the winner in extra time.

Nathan Burns set up the opening goal for Roy Krishna early in the second half.

Burns squeezed past Roar defender Corey Brown and then picked out Krishna, who was loitering near the six-yard box, with a low cross.

The Fijian flyer got the faintest of touches on it, but it was enough to see it trickle off into the far corner and past th keeper.

But Wellington's lead lasted only 10 minutes, with a perfectly-timed header from James Donachie restoring parity.

The Roar scored again in the 76th minute, before Kenny Cunningham grabbed the equaliser in the 81st minute.

Wellington Phoenix coach Ernie Merrick admitted the Roar were deserving winners.

"It's always tough when you concede the final goal in the 92nd minute," he said.

"I think the best team won the game.

"I just felt around the 70th minute we began to lose the midfield and the Roar started to dominate.

"I made changes, I just couldn't get the grip of the midfield again."

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