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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Mar 4, 2012

Wellington ease past Gold Coast

Wellington Phoenix went third in the A-League as they beat Gold Coast United 2-0.

Andrew Durante opened the scoring after 28 minutes and substitute Nick Ward added the second moments before the final whistle.

Wellington move above Perth Glory, while rock-bottom Gold Coast captain Michael Thwaite was still happy with his side.

It wasn't until late Friday night that the United players knew they would even play the game, when the Queensland Supreme Court dismissed owner Clive Palmer's application for an injunction after Football Federation Australia revoked his A-League licence.

"We just want to play, and get paid. Both of those things are happening at the moment, which is a positive sign," said the Gold Coast skipper.

Thwaite says the testing times have brought the players closer, and provided plenty of encouragement for the future of football on the Gold Coast.

"If they can get through this time, they can get through anything. To show character, turn up, and play the way we do ... Whether it be next year, or in the last three games, the results will start turning our way."

The future of the franchise on the Gold Coast is up in the air, but Thwaite believes the potential is there for football to thrive.

"If I was the owner, I'd be laughing because we don't really need to look anywhere, we've got the next generation here," he said. "All you need to do is fill it in with a core of experienced players, and you've got a club.

"Imagine when they get through these hard times and these last games, imagine what steps they can make in the next year."

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