No Glory for Phoenix centurion Brown

January 8, 2012

Wellington Phoenix centurion Tim Brown admitted the Perth Glory deserved their 1-0 victory on his 100th game for the club on Sunday.

An injury time goal by Perth defender Josh Mitchell decided matters in a game dictated by Wellington's infamously unpredictable weather.

Brown admitted the West Australians had coped with the wind and rain better than the hosts.

"It was the same for both teams but they've travelled halfway around the world and they looked fresher and sharper than us," he said.

"That's the most disappointing aspect and we got what we deserved, to be perfectly fair.

"And it's a very, very disappointed changing room after that because I think we've been tracking quite well up to that."

Coach Ricki Herbert intimated changes were likely after the defeat ahead of a 10-day trip to face Gold Coast and Newcastle.

Forward Paul Ifill is likely to play a key part in the away games following a cautious return to action following a groin injury.

He has started the last three games as a substitute, but Herbert said: "The signs are pretty positive and he'll probably start against Gold Coast."

The results has revitalised Perth's season with a first-ever A League victory in Wellington.

Glory coach Iain Ferguson wasn't aware of the statistic but was delighted about the result, especially after losing to a late goal when the teams met last month.

The former Scotland international player said: "Wellington beat us here last time by a late goal and it's not a nice feeling for a coach to lose later on but the other coach is obviously delighted.

"We had to set our stall out to get the three points which we did, which was great."

Ferguson added that his New Zealand striker Shane Smeltz was also ready to return to action.

Like Ifill, the former Phoenix stalwart returned after two matches out with a groin injury and almost broke the deadlock with a fierce strike that hit the cross bar just before a late substitution.

But Ferguson said his withdrawal was a precaution, adding: "It was a hard one as Smeltzy can always make something out of nothing as you saw when he hit the cross bar.

"But we decided enough's enough. He's proven he's fit, he's proven he can come back well so we'll get him right and we've got a few tight games coming up. I think it's three games in 10 days so it was wise to bring him off."