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Only way is up for Phoenix after mauling

THERE will be no looking back for the Wellington Phoenix ahead of tonight's A-League clash with Central Coast Mariners in Gosford.

The Phoenix was upset at home 5-0 last week by the resurgent Melbourne Heart but despite that heavy loss coach Ernie Merrick (pictured) said last week's defeat had not been discussed.

"You only lose three points no matter what the scoreline is, and we're still up there when it comes to goal difference," he said.

"But the Mariners are very good team, and again they're stabilised...they've got a couple of players back and they're a good squad. We respect them, as we always do, but it's about how we play."

With eight rounds to play, Wellington sits seventh on the ladder, but is just four points off third place. Central Coast, meanwhile, will be hoping to end a run of three straight defeats and get back on track.


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