25 Mar 2015

Phoenix win after game cut short

12:29 pm on 25 March 2015

The Wellington Phoenix cemented their position at the top of the A-League football table with a somewhat controversial 2-1 win over the Roar in Brisbane.

Roar forward Andrija Kaluderovic (left) falls over in the rain as Phoenix defender Michael Boxall (right) chases the ball.

Roar forward Andrija Kaluderovic (left) falls over in the rain as Phoenix defender Michael Boxall (right) chases the ball. Photo: AAP / Glenn Hunt

Torrential rain forced the abandonment of the game after 73 minutes with the visitors leading 2-1 thanks to goals from Michael MGlinchey and Nathan Burns.

Coach Ernie Merrick says he's never experienced a situation where a game was called off and the result stood, though he believes the Phoenix deserved the win.

"It was controversial but they're the rules, I don't think anyone was happy about the weather, it felt like Scotland only it [the rain] is more horizontal in Scotland and much colder. But I thought we were playing good football, we were up 2-1 coming from 1-0 down and we were on top."

Merrick says there was a strange atmosphere in the dressing room following the shortened game.

The game was Merrick's 200th as an A-League coach.

It's the Phoenix's first-ever win over the Roar in Brisbane and extends their competition lead to four points over the Melbourne Victory.

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