Keep faith. A friendly reminder for Phoenix fans

Wellington Phoenix fans can dare to dream again. (Article courtesy of the Dominion Post)

Article courtesy of the Dominion Post

Wellington Phoenix fans can dare to dream again.

OK, they were pre-season friendlies but two impressive team performances against English Premier League clubs have revived hopes for supporters who have struggled to find reasons for cheer throughout the past two A-League seasons.

The upset 2-1 win over West Ham could not be repeated but Saturday's 1-0 loss to Newcastle at Westpac Stadium showed Ernie Merrick's men have the ability to trouble even the best sides with a high-tempo, pressing system.

''I found it funny actually that the goalkeeper, with 5-10 minutes to go, was actually wasting time,'' Merrick said.

''So I thought that was pretty good respect - if he's wasting time, an EPL side against a bunch of A-League players.''

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