Wellington Phoenix football captain Andrew Durante has labelled Sydney FC as the A-League's best side following a 3-1 thumping at the Sydney Football Stadium.
The home team turned on the style in an Alex Brosque-inspired victory to maintain top spot on the ladder, the striker having a hand in all of Sydney's goals in a stunning 20-minute, first-half blitz.
Wellington's Costa Barbarouses found the back of the net late in the match after his teammate Daniel missed a re-taken penalty in the 60th minute.
It was a humbling result for the Phoenix following their 6-nil home win over Gold Coast last weekend.
Durante says Sydney are the competition's benchmark, they're very well organised, they've got good understanding and his side found that hard to deal with in the first half.