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Sydney's Hoole ready to move on Phoenix

  • Sydney's Hoole ready to move on Phoenix

Sydney FC youngster Andrew Hoole hopes to exploit holes in Wellington's defence, as the Blues bid to end a three-match winless A-League run.

Hoole is a candidate to make his starting debut for his new club at Allianz Stadium on Thursday night, with coach Graham Arnold hinting he'll give his younger players a run to rest his fatigued stars given the quick turnaround from Saturday's sweaty trip to Perth.

The Olyroo and former Newcastle Jets winger has done some tidy work off the bench this season, after being kept out of the first XI by Arnold's new imports Filip Holosko and Milos Ninkovic and experienced head Alex Brosque.

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"It would be exciting," Hoole told AAP.

"If I get a start I'll put in 100 per cent and put in a good shift for the team.

"But I have to do what the manager says, so if I start I start, if I don't I'll come on and do my job like I have done in the past few weeks."

Front of Hoole's mind if he gets his chance will be to attack the Phoenix's defensive line, which has conceded 13 goals in seven matches this season.

"Defensively I think they've got some issues, and if we look at them on the videos we can find out where we can exploit them," the 22-year-old attacker said.

Attack-minded Wellington will be up against a compact Sydney outfit that's conceded a joint league-low six goals and will be desperate for maximum points to ensure they don't slip out of the top cluster.

But coach Ernie Merrick will expect more urgency from his attacking third after he was left uninspired in the 2-1 loss to the Wanderers.

And following a travel-free week preparing in Sydney, the visitors will have fresher legs than their opponents.

"They've got pace up front. Their forwards like to make runs in behind and really penetrate that back line," Hoole said.

"They've also got some good players in midfield who can really pull the strings. (Michael) McGlinchey and (Roly) Bonevacia are really good players in my opinion. They really keep a team ticking over.

"We need to be on our game and tactically disciplined, and make sure we have those banks of four behind the ball and make it hard for Wellington to break us down."

"We're sitting alright in the table and we've played some good football here and there, but we need to start to be better."

STATS THAT MATTER:

* Sydney have won six of their last eight matches against Wellington Phoenix including the last two.

* Anything other than a win for Phoenix would be a fourth successive away fixture without victory, equalling their longest winless away streak since February to April 2014.

* Alex Brosque has conceded the most fouls of any player at home, with 12 of his 13 coming at Allianz Stadium.

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