Goalkeeper Oli Sail’s brutal assessment: ‘It was one of our worst performances’

Wellington Phoenix goalkeeper Oli Sail has given a brutal assessment of his side’s performance in their 4-0 loss to Western Sydney Wanderers.

Sail didn’t hold back in his post-match interview with the Australian channel Paramount+:

“Up there as one of the worst performances we have probably put out for a long, long time, including the first 30 minutes last week,” he said.

The loss leaves the Phoenix in risk of missing the men’s A-League play-offs, and was the side’s fourth defeat in their last five outings.

“Defensively so far from what we are trying to do. It wasn’t even close to the game plan. They are a decent side, they move the ball nicely, and we couldn’t even foul them if we wanted to. It took us 70 minutes to foul Brandon Borrello.

“They are a good side, they are a very good side, and we made them look a lot better than they are.

“That doesn’t discredit what they are doing. They created a number of chances.

“I’ve played under ‘Rudes’ (Marko Rudan); I know how motivated they are going to be for the playoffs, especially in front of their fans.

“I don’t think I’ve probably faced more one-on-ones in my career, in one game.

“How (do) we bounce back from it?

“I don’t know. It’s been a pretty tough five weeks. We are going to do it right on the back-side of the ball.

“We can’t just be a team that moves the ball nicely and looks comfortable in possession; you have to do the other side of the game.”

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Game played on Friday April 21, 2023

Western Sydney Wanderers 4 (Brandon Borrello 9′, Calem Nieuwenhof 31′, Aidan Simmons 65′, Kusini Yengi 87′)
Wellington Phoenix 0

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