Taylor howler costs Phoenix in Roar draw

Wellington were left to rue a Steven Taylor howler on Sunday in a sloppy affair with Brisbane that finished 0-0 at Suncorp Stadium.

Brisbane were slick in their A-League-opening draw last weekend but lacked the polish against the Phoenix in what was the fourth consecutive draw between the sides.

Wellington had won just twice in their last 17 visits to Brisbane but entered on a high after toppling last year’s grand finalists Newcastle last weekend.

Like in their 1-1 draw with Central Coast a week ago, the Roar probed and controlled a bulk of the contest but were unable to capitalise in front of 15,129 fans.

It was the Phoenix with the best early chance though, when a rolling ball fell to former English Premier League striker Steven Taylor.

But the Englishman somehow hit the outside of the post from just two metres when an open net beckoned.

The former Newcastle United talent’s shocker was quickly coined as the miss of the season on social media and proved to be the only clear-cut chance in an opening stanza littered with half opportunities.

Brisbane began to streak away in repeated raids as the second half opened up, but were constantly clogged up by coach Mark Rudan’s organised defence.

Nifty Frenchman Eric Bautheac fired a shot wide in the 67th minute as John Aloisi employed Henrique off the bench as he chased the go-ahead goal.

A goal-scorer last week, Adam Taggart was quiet for the hosts while Alex Lopez’s long-range effort forced a strong save from Filip Kurto in stoppage time.

Avram Papadopoulos was lucky to avoid a second yellow for a lazy sliding tackle in what was a busy second half for the defender as he continually cut off Phoenix’s through balls.

Rudan introduced former Roar marksman Mitch Nichols to boos in the 82nd minute while Nathan Burns joined him for the final 10 minutes but were unable to manufacture a winner.

To be continued

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