Wellington's Filip Kurto was stretchered off in the 16th minute with concussion after the goalkeeper and Andy Keogh (in his 100th A-League appearance) collided. Could it get any worse for the home side? Yes.
When Roy Krishna put the Nix ahead in the 44th minute he became the cub's all-time leading goal scorer and Mark Rudan's men looked set for a huge upset over the league leaders at Westpac Stadium.
Enter VAR. Sub Ryan Lowry had only been on the park four minutes when he was sent off for a studs up tackle on Chris Ikonomidis and in the 82nd minute Diego Castro broke the 10-man Nix with the equaliser.
Phoenix survived raid after raid (and a total on 14 added minutes across both halves) to earn a point but it will feel like a loss for the Kiwi outfit.