Vukovic: Inside the nix

Danny Vukovic is ready for the Wellington Phoenix, the Wellington weather and the Wellington fans in tomorrow’s rivalry game at Westpac Stadium.

Danny Vukovic is ready for the Wellington Phoenix, the Wellington weather and the Wellington fans in tomorrow-s rivalry game at Westpac Stadium.

Enjoying a stellar start to the season, Vukovic knows he-s in for a tough afternoon, having played for the nix last season.

Unfortunately, Perth Glory don-t have a great record at the ground in recent seasons but Vukovic has identified three keys to victory.

THE WEATHER

“The conditions in Wellington are so different to any other A-League ground. The wind is strong and it-s also normally wet. Wellington are used to those conditions and it-s a plus for them.

“The good news is today was a beautiful day, with no wind and the temperature around 20 degrees.”

Vukovic knows just how deadly that breeze can be, having almost scored against Perth Glory last season, when a causal clearance bounced over Velaphi and onto the crossbar.

YELLOW FEVER

“The fever are a great bunch of supporters who are passionate, loud and give the Phoenix players a big lift.

“But they can be silenced, and an early goal normally does the trick.”

THE INTERNATIONALS

“It-s the obvious trio but Paul Ifill, Tim Brown and Leo Bertos are three guns.

“Ifill has returned to his best, Brown is a dangerous goal scoring midfielder as he showed against Sydney and Leo is a real handful.

“Stopping those three will go a long way to helping us win.”

Wellington Pheonix v Perth Glory Westpac Stadium, Wellington Saturday, December 10 Kick-off: NOON