7 Apr 2012

Smeltz factor on Herbert's mind

3:18 pm on 7 April 2012

Stopping the All Whites striker Shane Smeltz will be a major part of the Wellington Phoenix's chances of going any further in the A-League football finals than tonight's minor semi-final in Perth.

The Glory marksman's been in stunning form lately, banging in seven goals in two games to take his latest Australian league side this far in the playoffs... so his former club coach and current international mentor is wary of the Smeltz factor.

But the Phoenix coach Ricki Herbert's hopeful his boys can shut Smeltz down...

Kickoff's just after half past nine - the winner plays off for a place in the final against the loser of tomorrow's major semi-final second leg between Central Coast and Brisbane in Gosford, which the champion Roar lead 2-nil after the first leg in Brisbane.