Phoenix targeting perfect week - McGlinchey

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Having returned from his knee injury with a goal against the Mariners, the attacking midfielder wants more versus Melbourne Victory

Wellington Phoenix are targeting nine points from their three consecutive home games as they prepare to face Melbourne Victory on Tuesday night.

The clash with Victory is a rescheduled fixture after it was originally postponed due to the impact of earthquakes on Wellington in November.

It means the Phoenix will host Central Coast Mariners, Victory and Brisbane Roar in the space of eight days, and midfielder Michael McGlinchey has claimed Wellington can win all three games.

McGlinchey scored the winner against the Mariners on Saturday in his return from injury and is looking forward to the test against second-placed Victory.

"We've got off to a good start," he told reporters on Monday.

"We got the three points and we want to continue that now. We see this as nine points to get in this week and we'll be sitting nice in the table from there."

Interim co-coach Chris Greenacre added that Wellington must "take the game to Victory" as they look to revitalise their campaign.

The Phoenix moved up to seventh in the A-League table over the weekend and could rise as high as fifth if they defeat Victory at Westpac Stadium.

"We said to the guys [before the Central Coast game] 'look, you've got a 10-day spell now where this could be a season-defining moment. Three points tonight sets you up ready to take on Victory in the game in hand'," Greenacre said.

"I think at the end of it, if we can get results, you're back in the top four and the season's turned on its head and everyone saying the Phoenix are where they need to be.

"That's not looking forward too early, that's the reality of having a game in hand.

"But no doubt tomorrow night's going to be a tough game."

McGlinchey is hoping to make an impact on the scoreboard again after striking the decisive goal in Wellington's 1-0 triumph over Central Coast, with the 30-year-old playing his first match in over two months on Saturday.

It was also the attacking midfielder's first A-League goal since February.

"It just gave me all the confidence in the world to go out and attack and try and create, and I just tried to do that on my first opportunity and luckily the ball went in," McGlinchey said.

"I got a lot of confidence from that and I tried to just to continue to do it."

 

 

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