Wellington Phoenix manager Darije Kalezic has admitted his side are not playing well enough to make finals this season, after a second scalding 4-0 loss in a week.
The Nix went down early to Gombau’s men when Oriol Riera opened the scoring inside five minutes, as Michael Thwaite doubled their lead from Marcelo Carrusca’s corner.
Before too long Chris Ikonomidis scored his first goal for his new club to make it three as Josh Sotirio put the icing on the cake with the fourth.
“Obviously I don’t feel so good,” Kalezic said. “Tonight was an important game for a team who dream about the finals, to close the gap.
“In my opinion we didn’t show enough will and desire. I think we have to accept the result, it is realistic, all i can do is congratulate Western Sydney tonight."
Kalezic was questioned about his side's ability to progress this season after taking only 14 points from 20 games.
“We will not be dreaming about play-offs anymore,” Kalezic said. “We need to increase our level because we need to play for something.”
Kalezic’s solution to Wellington’s catastrophic season hinges on the Darwinian theory of survival of the fittest.
“Now is the time for natural selection,” Kalezic said. “I will sit down with my players this week and I will explain what natural selection is.”
One can only imagine the manager will be swinging the axe ahead of his sides home match against Perth Glory on Saturday.