Phoenix boss: Defensive flaws cost us finals berth

Wellington Phoenix coach Des Buckingham says the defensive frailties exposed in Sunday’s 4-3 defeat to Brisbane Roar is a symptom of the Kiwi side’s shortcomings.

Leading 3-1 at the break, the away side capitulated in the second half at Suncorp Stadium to finish their season on a defeat.

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“We’ve had more shots than [Brisbane] have tonight, had as much as possession as they have, and to come here and put on that kind of display of attacking football is great,” Buckingham said.

“The frustration and probably the frustration of our season has been the defensive side of it.

“I think at half-time it could have been 6-6.

“It’s cost us points and those points have ultimately cost us a position in the playoffs.”

Phoenix playmaker Gui Finkler holds off Roar defender Luke DeVere.

Sunday’s match brought an end to Buckingham’s interim spell in charge after he and Chris Greenacre took over from Ernie Merrick in December.

Buckingham confirmed the pair would this week be separately interviewed for the position on a full-time basis.

“I’ll be interviewing for the role, as will Chris and as will other candidates from my understanding,” the former Oxford United first-team coach said.

“The football club will make the best decision they feel that will take this club forward and if that’s me, great, if it’s somebody else then they’ll make that decision.”