Wellington coach Ufuk Talay insists his facet is coping properly away from dwelling regardless of dealing with one other fortnight with out enjoying an A-League match.
Border closures throughout Australia have compelled Soccer Australia to postpone a number of upcoming video games between sides not primarily based in NSW, which means the Phoenix will subsequent play on January 24.
It follows Saturday evening’s 1-all draw with Macarthur FC at Campbelltown Stadium – their second match of the season.
And now with a fortnight to kill earlier than dealing with Newcastle Jets at McDonald Jones Stadium, Talay mentioned he would relatively be on the paddock than resting at this level of the season.
“I am a giant believer in enjoying video games,” he mentioned.
“The extra video games we play, the extra of a problem it’s for the boys and the extra momentum we are able to have transferring ahead.
“For the time being with the whole lot that is taking place with the restrictions and the borders, we do not have a recreation subsequent week, it will give us time for some gamers to recuperate and we’ll get engaged on that.”
Saturday’s draw marked their seventh-straight recreation with out a win in NSW.
The Phoenix have been primarily based in Wollongong because the begin of November and are in Australia indefinitely till journey is allowed between the nations.
Nonetheless, Talay mentioned the staff has settled in properly sufficient that point away from dwelling shouldn’t be a significant concern for the staff.
“Most of them have introduced their households over, those that may, and those who’ve girlfriends have introduced their girlfriends over as properly,” he mentioned.
“It is regular day by day life for us as it might be in Wellington.
“We’re not caught on prime of each other for 10 weeks like we’d be in a resort.
“On the finish of the day it will be tough for us not enjoying in entrance of dwelling followers however we all know that and it is one thing we’ll must cope with this season.”