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A-League: Five things we learnt from Week 6

Wellington Phoenix moved to the top of the A-League ladder following Matchday 6, while Western Sydney Wanderers had to come from behind to rescue a point.

There were plenty of goals in what turned out to be an exciting weekend of action, and for now at least, the Phoenix are leading the way.

Although there is a long way to go, Wellington are sitting top of the ladder, and can be backed at 10.00 to stay there and win the minor premiership.

Western Sydney Wanderers dropped points but would be happy to settle for one after coming from 2-0 down, while Melbourne City picked up a big three points at Newcastle.

Sydney FC edged a five-goal thriller against Perth Glory, while Melbourne Victory and Central Coast Mariners shared four goals in another entertaining clash.

Here are the five things we learnt from Matchday 6.

Solid defence key to Nix strong start

Wellington Phoenix are setting the pace at the top of the A-League ladder and a solid defence has been the key to their strong start.

They have conceded just four goals so far this season, and two of those did come in one game.

The Nix have won the last two games 1-0; if they can keep it tight at the back it bodes well for the rest of the season.

Alex Paulsen is one of the best goalkeeper’s in the A-League and he has a solid back four in front of him.

Western United’s championship success was built on a strong defence that helped them to a number of 1-0 wins, and the Nix are following a similar path for now.

Roar need to be more clinical

Had Brisbane Roar been more clinical in front of goal they would have wrapped up a comfortable win over Western Sydney.

Instead they had to settle for a 2-2 draw as the Wanderers came from 2-0 down to rescue a point at the death.

Even so, the Roar faithful can be delighted with the way their side are playing under new coach Ross Aloisi.

They have a good young team that plays good football and creates lots of chances. If they start taking them, Brisbane look set for a top-six spot this season.

Wanderers show great spirit

Western Sydney can also take plenty of positives from the game and again showed they have plenty of spirit in the team.

Trailing to two early goals in stormy conditions in Brisbane, the Wanderers were under the pump for long periods.

They also lost their captain and defensive rock Marcelo to injury but still managed to hang in there, grinding out what could be a very important point.

Wanderers are 4.33 to win the minor premiership and are showing the right credentials.

Victory held again

Melbourne Victory have now drawn their last four games on the bounce and it could end up costing them come the end of the season.

They remain in sixth spot on the ladder with 10 points and just four points away from Wellington at the top, but will not want to get into a habit of drawing games.

In three of the games they have thrown away a winning position and six points have been dropped, while only one has been salvaged with the late draw at Macarthur.

Victory are looking good to mount a challenge for the title if they start to demonstrate they can hold onto a lead.

Glory on the slide

It is now three defeats on the spin for Perth Glory following a 3-2 defeat away at Sydney FC on Saturday.

They have won just one game so far this season and also picked up a draw, with both games on home soil.

Glory will also need to cure their travel sickness, but look to be on course for another long, hard season in the A-League.

The wooden spoon could be on its way west in 2023/24 unless there is a big turnaround in fortunes.

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