The Wellington Phoenix have quickly transitioned into "must-win" mode ahead of the A-League finals.
Having gone winless in their last four, and won only once in six outings since the competition restart, the Phoenix now face a simple, ruthless equation in tomorrow night's elimination final against Perth Glory - lose and you're out.
"I don't care if we win ugly," said captain Steven Taylor.
"It's about making sure we win, whether it's 90 minutes, extra time or a penalty shootout, it doesn't matter as long as we win."
Neither side has any real momentum going into the game with Perth's recent form also tepid. Wellington's sole post-Covid victory was against Perth, a 2-1 win a month ago with a Ulises Dávila penalty proving the difference.
"In finals football, you can't judge people by their current form," said Taylor.