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Merrick keen to add more cutlery to Phoenix collection


In the wake of their last minute 2 – 1 defeat on Sunday afternoon to the Brisbane Roar, Wellington Phoenix coach Ernie Merrick has revealed that the loss was a “positive first step in the challenge of adding more cutlery to join our wooden spoon that we won last season.”

“Only once we have a full cupboard of cutlery will we be in a position to add any crockery to our kitchen,” Merrick said in the post-match press conference, “and then we might think of getting some silverware at some point after that.”

Stand-in captain, Ben Sigmund, who cut a dejected figure following the injury time defeat, said that the team was right behind Merrick’s cutlery quest. “I think Merrick’s decision to use kitchen metaphors to motivate the boys is great,” Sigmund said. “Paul Ifill reckons that Merrick might be talking about actual spatulas and whisks, but I’m pretty sure he’s referring to the long process of rebuilding this team from the ground up, which is exactly what Ricki Herbert said he was doing for each of his six years here. So his words really resonate with the lads.”

When asked about what the Phoenix could do to improve on their defeat, Sigmund had only one suggestion, “I figure if I just keep stomping on opposition strikers, then no one will want to score goals against us. I mean, I didn’t stomp on anyone tonight and look what happened.”

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