It was messy but Mark Rudan is off to a winning start in his debut match as a manager of the Wellington Phoenix as they defeated last season's grand finalists Newcastle Jets 2-1.
Filip Kurto - 7
Tipped over an audacious volley from Dimi Petratos to keep the match scoreless while at times he could have caught and held the ball he chose to punch instead. A miraculous save as Kurto tipped Boogard's header onto the bar.
Tom Doyle - 5
Caught out of position as Jair went in one-on-one early in the match, lucky for him the Brazilian failed to hit the target.
Andrew Durante - 6
Gave chase to Jair who went through one-on-one and did his best to put the Brazilian off. It was a solid performance from the veteran skipper.
Steve Taylor - 6.5
Taylor got onto the end of Singh's back post free-kick and headed across goal as Georgievski headed into his own net.
Louis Fenton - 5
Never threatened when hitting the by-line on the right flank as he went up against Daniel Georgievski and when he had the opportunity his deliveries were poor.
Mandi - 6
A lot of hustle in pressing Vargas and closing down his opportunities to turn and face forward. A rather pleasing performance for Mark Rudan from his new recruit.