Brockie Back on Track

Jeremy Brockie was delighted to net his first Phoenix A-League goals at Etihad Stadium on Monday night, and will be hoping to continue in the same vein against in-form Central Coast Mariners on Sunday at Westpac Stadium.

Jeremy Brockie was delighted to net his first Phoenix A-League goals at Etihad Stadium on Monday night, and will be hoping to continue in the same vein against in-form Central Coast Mariners on Sunday at Westpac Stadium.

In outstanding goal-scoring form during pre-season, when he scored 18 times, Brockie had gone close several times during the first four competition games and his persistence was rewarded against Melbourne Victory.

Brockie-s double strike, both spectacular efforts, provided a bright spot on a disappointing night for the Phoenix and relief for the striker.

“Yes, it was a relief because there had been a lot of hype about the number of goals I got in pre-season,” Brockie said.

“I said at the time that what counted was when we got to the business part with the A-League.

“I had some opportunities in the first few games but was denied by the keeper, hit a defender, or put it just wide.

“With us being 3-0 down and time running out on Monday I was a bit frustrated, so when Benji slipped the ball through to me I just decided to hit it.

“As soon as it left my foot I knew it was from the sweet spot and hoped the keeper wouldn-t get to it this time.”

With the scoring monkey off his back Brockie is keen to continue in the same vein on Sunday as the Phoenix look towards getting back on track.

“The last couple of results have been disappointing and the Mariners will be tough because they are coming to Wellington on the back of a great win,” he said.

“There is no reason why we can-t turn things around though, especially as we are at home and hopefully a big crowd will turn up.”

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