Wellington Phoenix eased to a 4-1 win over Melbourne Victory to hand the A-League’s bottom club a ninth defeat in 12 matches this season.
A fourth consecutive loss for Grant Brebner’s side looked on the cards from the moment Tomer Hemed scored a majestic 11th-minute opener for the hosts.
Reno Piscopo produced a dazzling piece of control to bring a high clearance under his spell, launching a blistering counter-attack where skipper Ulises Davila laid on Hemed to finish.
David Ball was the beneficiary of a 36th-minute goalmouth scramble before the picture-perfect goals returned as Davila curled home from outside the box after the hour.
Clayton Lewis got his first A-League goal as Victory again showed their vulnerability on the break, rendering Elvis Kamsoba’s dinked finish to be scant consolation.
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In Wednesday’s later game, Perth Glory and Sydney FC played out an entertaining 1-1 draw.
Bobo swivelled to volley home a fine equaliser in the 63rd minute for Sydney after Bruno Fornaroli enjoyed a tap-in at the back post shortly before half-time.
Sydney remain sixth, four points above Wellington in eighth.
Perth are down in 10th but their 14-point haul is double that managed by lowly Victory.