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Phoenix import rises to the occasion

A FORMER marksman with top Dutch club Feyenoord, Stein Huysegems has emerged as the go-to man for Wellington Phoenix.

With Paul Ifill gone for the season after he ruptured his achilles tendon against Sydney FC last weekend and Jeremy Brockie's confidence at a near all-time low, the import striker's value can't be understated.

Huysegems (pictured) has been inconsistent in front of goal this season - his off-night against the Central Coast Mariners eight days ago, including a penalty miss, wasn't pretty - but his confidence has never wavered.

That was rewarded when he scored the only goal in Sunday's 1-0 win against Sydney FC in Wellington.

"Of course after the game you are disappointed because you missed the pena

lty and another chance in the first half," he recalled.

"But the day after you have to start again and we were really focused for the game against Sydney on Sunday. So I was really out to prove that I can score goals."

The Phoenix has the chance to win for just the second time this season when they take on fellow strugglers the Heart in Melbourne tonight.

Heart coach John Aloisi said a win was crucial for his team's confidence.

"It's a big one; it's must-win for us," the Heart mentor said. "We have to start winning and this is an important one and we feel we can beat Wellington."


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