A Siem de Jong special and Roy Krishna screw-up was all that separated the sides as Wellington Phoenix went down 1-0 to Sydney FC at Westpac Stadium.
Sydney FC now move to second on the A-League ladder, one point behind Perth Glory with an extra-match played. It could have been worse for the hosts - whose unbeaten streak ends at nine matches - had a Louis Fenton handball been given in the first half.
But the Nix were expectedly competitive, if not able to reach the heights that propelled them to a 3-1 win last time against the Sky Blues. Roy Krishna had a chance to earn a point for Wellington late in the second but his penalty was denied by Andrew Redmayne.
Wellington remain fifth for now, but with Adelaide United only a point behind to round off the top six.
Filip Kurto - 7
He’s a rock in what’s historically been a hard-place for the Nix, bursting out of his goal eagerly at every opportunity.
Michal Kopczynski - 6
Typically physical and important to his side, but couldn't have the same level of influence he's recently become accustomed to. His lack of impetus was typical of the way Sydney FC tactically nullified Wellington's key men.
Andrew Durante - 6
Caught out for Sydney’s opener and couldn't redeem himself towards the end.
Steven Taylor - 7
Relatively quiet but typically determined nonetheless, throwing a few choice tackles in key moments.
Louis Fenton - 6
Could have given away a penalty in the first half and couldn’t find as much real estate to bomb around in as usual. Still effective when he earned a yard or two.
Liberato Cacace - 7
Cool in possession, becoming more relaxed as an A-League starter, delivering increasingly consistent performances.
Alex Rufer - 8
He’s been phenomenal this season, with both highlight performances coming against the Sky Blues.