Soccer: Herbert hints at changes

Wellington Phoenix coach Ricki Herbert's hinted he'll be making changes following a lacklustre defeat to Sydney FC in the A-League. Photo / Getty Images.
Wellington Phoenix coach Ricki Herbert's hinted he'll be making changes following a lacklustre defeat to Sydney FC in the A-League. Photo / Getty Images.

Wellington Phoenix coach Ricki Herbert's hinted he'll be making changes following a lacklustre defeat to Sydney FC in the A-League.

The Phoenix have slumped to a 2-1 defeat in the capital and Herbert says places will be up for grabs this week.

"I think at the end of the day it (will) be an interesting week with training. I think we've got everybody coming back - Danny Sanchez is 100 per cent fit, we played him on Wednesday and so he comes into the mix."

He says he hasn't made significant changes to his team this season, but may now consider doing so.

"We've gone, we've been stable in the group with the selection and I think those boys do give you something for the future of the club and they certainly don't let you down. Probably got us going slightly but at the end of the day any result would have been an injustice."

Herbert says the performance against Sydney was poor.

"We'd been travelling really well, irrespective of some people's thoughts, but I think today was a good chance to just keep that sequence going ... maybe expectations aren't that strong."

"I think we failed to perform anywhere today. We couldn't look after the ball, everyone looked flat, got no rotation out of midfield and we ended up going long. Not good enough today."

The Phoenix now lie in sixth on the A-League ladder and play second-placed Adelaide United at the weekend.

- Newstalk ZB

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