Australian Football: Talay plays down duo spat
Wellington Phoenix coach Ufuk Talay played down a row between Ben Waine and Reno Piscopo as his side beat Central Coast Mariners 2-1 on Saturday.
The Nix are priced at 33/1 to win the A-League grand final and picked up their first win of the 2021/21 campaign at Wollongong's WIN Stadium.
The game burst into life in the second half when Gary Hooper put the Nix in front just after the restart but the lead did not last long as Marco Urena equalised four minutes later.
Jaushua Sotirio scored what turned out to be the winning goal in the 63rd minute, but the win could have been even more comfortable had Waine not missed an 85th-minute penalty.
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The miss did not affect the result but provided a talking point after the game as with Hooper now off the pitch, Waine and Piscopo argued over who should take it.
"Whoever felt confident," Talay said when asked by reporters after the game who should take it.
"Waino felt very confident. Reno wanted to step up and Waino stood his ground. That happens in football, you miss penalties.
"Next time he steps up he knows he has to put it in the back end of the net. If Hoops was still on, I'm sure he would've taken it."
The Mariners dominated the first half without scoring and coach Nick Montgomery felt they deserved to take something from the game.
"It was disappointing to lose the game in tricky conditions with the wind," said Montgomery. "I feel we could have gone on and got a second but it was sloppy for us to concede a second goal.
"We kept going and we were unlucky not to get back into the game."