18 Dec 2011

Phoenix face tough ask in Melbourne

1:01 pm on 18 December 2011

The Phoenix footballers have the chance to climb into the A-league top four in Melbourne tonight but they'll need to overcome a torrid schedule and a Victory side desperate for points.

The Wellingtonians will be full of confidence after their midweek win over competition leaders Brisbane in Dunedin, however they will be without star striker and top goal scorer Paul Ifill who's out with injury.

Coach Ricki Herbert says the travel schedule has been tough on the Phoenix, but he's quietly confident.

The game kicks off at seven o'clock.