The Phoenix began the brighter and dominated the early exchanged and should've been rewarded with the opening goal, only for Steven Taylor to produce an early contender for 'Miss of the Season'.

Brisbane goalkeeper Jamie Young had produced a decent save to deny Tom Doyle after the Wellington defender had cut in and fired across goal in the 9th minute, but his parry fell perfectly for Taylor at the back post who somehow contrived to steer his shot onto the outside of the post from 2 yards with the goal gaping. 

Brisbane slowly worked themselves into the game and Eric Bautheac looked lively, but it was the Phoenix who once again went close shortly before halftime when Roy Krishna's elusive run and cross could not be turned home by a Wellington shirt.

The second period saw more of the same as Wellington continued to commit numbers behind the ball and looked to catch Brisbane on the counter.

Roy Krishna was a constant menace for the Phoenix but he failed to test Young despite having several sights of the Brisbane goal.

Filip Kurto enjoyed a quiet evening in goals for the Nix but had to produce an outstanding save, full stretch to his right, to deny Alex Lopez in injury time.

Wellington defended stoutly and will be happy with a hard earned point, while Brisbane will be left frustrated they could not turn their mountains of possession into serious goalscoring opportunities.


Jamie Young - 6.5

Had a few heart stopping moments early in the game with Taylor's point blank miss and briefly getting the ball caught under his foot, but otherwise enjoyed a very easy evening as the Nix failed to meaningfully test him.

Jack Hingert - 7

Enjoyed a solid outing without being called upon to do much defensive duties. Failed to really offer much going forward and we didn't see his usual overlapping runs as Wellington's backline sat deep.

Avram Papadopoulos - 7.5

Walked on egg shells for the majority of the game after picking up an early yellow card, but showed his trademark defensive qualities to repel Wellington time after time.

Jacob Pepper - 7.5

Making every post a winner in his new role at the heart of the Roar defence and once again produced a tidy display and ensured a quiet evening for his goalkeeper.

Connor O'Toole - 7

Going forward O'Toole looked a constant threat as he provided some excellent deliveries into the box, but Wellington targeted the space he left behind and their main threats came in O'Toole's absence.

Thomas Kristensen - 6.5

Did an excellent job disrupting the Wellington midfield but failed to impose himself on the game as Brisbane controlled proceedings.

Alex Lopez - 8

Brisbane got better as his influence grew and he was at the heart of everything good for the Roar. Reads the game expertly well and almost won it in injury time, only for Kurto to deny him with a great diving save.

Stefan Mauk - 6.5

Constantly drifted into space and his late runs caused Wellington some defensive headaches. Could've opened the scoring just before halftime but checked his run as Bautheac's inviting cross drifted harmlessly across Wellington's goal.

Eric Bautheac - 8

The Frenchman was lively throughout and was the only Brisbane player who looked capable of breaking down Wellington's defensive wall. Had an excellent opportunity in the 67th minute but unfortunately for Brisbane, it fell to his weaker right foot rolled harmlessly wide. Made way a minute before time for D'Agostino.

Adam Taggart - 6

Inches away from opening the scoring from O'Toole's cross in the first half, but otherwise failed to really trouble the Wellington defence. After having a gluttony of chances last weekend, found himself feeding off scraps this evening.

Tobias Mikkelsen - 6

Never imposed himself in the game. Saw plenty of the ball but his final ball was often lacking. Presented with an excellent opportunity to open the scoring on the hour mark but his first time effort was fired straight at Kurto. Made way for Henrique shortly afterwards.


Henrique - 6

Given just under half an hour to make an impact but encountered the same troubles as Mikkelsen and couldn't trouble the Nix defence.

Nick D'Agostino - N/A

Thrown on in the 90th minute but never had a chance to show his worth.


Filip Kurto - 7

Virtually a spectator for 90 minutes as Brisbane failed to muster a meaningful shot on target, but was called upon in injury time to brilliantly deny Lopez the winner.

Tom Doyle - 8

His shot was parried for Taylor's miss early on, but did his best work at the heart of Wellington's back five. Doyle put his body on the line on countless occasions and was produced an excellent display of defending. He was turned inside out by Beautheac late on, but otherwise enjoyed an impressive evening.

Andrew Durante - 7.5

Kept Taggart under wraps and led by example with some excellent defending. Showed his class once again as he approaches his 250th appearance next weekend.

Steven Taylor - 7.5

Doesn't score many goals, but certainly won't get a better chance than his glaring miss in the 9th minute. His 'no nonsense' style of play probably won't win him the Johnny Warren Medal, but it will certainly help Wellington win games.

Louis Fenton - 7.5

Worked hard down the right side but performed his primary defensive duties well throughout the encounter and kept Mikkelsen, and then Henrique, very quiet.

Liberato Cacace - 7.5

Deployed in a left wingback role, he did his defensive duties astutely. Looked to bomb forward when he had the chance but had limited opportunities as Brisbane dominated possession. 

Mandi Sosa - 7

An industrial 90 minutes from the Spanish wrecking ball as he helped close down the space in front of his backline with an excellent display.

Alex Rufer - 7

Busy worker in midfield and broke up Brisbane's attacks. Almost punished after being caught on the ball on the hour mark. Withdrawn after 82 minutes for Nichols.

Sarpreet Singh - 6.5

Showed his attacking intent as early as the 1st minute but despite his 'shoot on sight' approach, failed to find his range. Had an excellent opportunity to help the Phoenix knick it late on but his final ball once again lacked quality.

Roy Krishna - 8

Showed exactly how valuable he is to the Phoenix as he led from the front and looked to attack at every opportunity. Constantly looked to exploit the space in behind the Roar backline, and in particular behind O'Toole down Brisbane's left. Ran himself into the ground before making way late on for Burns.

David Williams - 5.5

It was a quiet homecoming from the former Roar striker who was rarely sighted in the attacking third for Wellington. Guilty of static movement in the box just before halftime when a tap in beckoned. Withdrawn after 67 ineffectual minutes for Max Burgess.


Mitch Nichols - N/A

Given just under 10 minutes but failed to make a noticeable impact. 

Max Burgess - 6

Came on for Williams and given best part of half an hour to influence the match but spent more time doing his defensive duties.

Nathan Burns - N/A

Brought on for fresh legs in the dying moments.