17 Apr 2015

Phoenix already in finals mode

7:38 am on 17 April 2015

The Wellington Phoenix are already in finals mode despite there being two more rounds of the A League football season still to play.

Ben Sigmund salutes the crowd

Ben Sigmund salutes the crowd Photo: Photosport

The Phoenix play the Central Coast Mariners in Wellington tonight and also have a home game against Sydney FC before the top six playoffs.

They're currently fifth but are already guaranteed a finals berth.

The Phoenix can still finish inside the top two but Merrick says a more realistic goal is third or fourth which would give them a home semi final.

With the finals looming he says that means they're taking a different approach in their last two matches.

"The first 10 minutes will be a lot more cagey than normal [as we] just suss out the opposition and their formation," he said.

"It's not a case of going hell for leather right from the start of the game and leaving ourselves open at the back."

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