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Brockie targets win and Golden Boot

14 March 2013-SBS: Greg Prichard

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Scoring form ... Brockie has hit a purple patch of form for Phoenix (AAP)

Jeremy Brockie could become the first player from the bottom club to finish the season as leading goalscorer in the history of the A-League.

But the Wellington Phoenix striker has set himself a slightly different target. He wants to finish the season by scoring the goal that not only gives him the title, but also gets his team off the bottom.

And Paul Ifill, who normally takes the penalties for Wellington, has done his bit to assist Brockie by handing over the responsibility in the closing rounds.

"Paul did that a couple of weeks ago, before our game against the Heart," Brockie told The World Game. "We haven't had a penalty attempt since, but there are still two games left for us, so if we get one I'll be taking it.

"I had two penalty attempts earlier this season, while Paul was out injured, and they both went in, so I don't mind taking them.

"It's been a bit of a talking point among the boys, the Golden Boot award. It obviously hasn't been the greatest season for us, so we're looking for any positives.

"But while it would be great to win the award no matter what, I'd love to get a goal that not only does that but also gets us off the bottom. That would be a great way for the team to finish the season."

Wellington is likely to have to win each of its remaining two games to have any chance of avoiding finishing last.

It is currently three points behind the second-last team, Melbourne Heart, and every team in the competition except Wellington and sixth-placed Newcastle Jets have three games left.

Brockie has scored a goal in each of Wellington's past two games to join his good friend Daniel McBreen, from Central Coast Mariners, at the top on 15 goals. Melbourne Victory's Marco Rojas is also still well in the running for the goalscoring title, with 14.

Even when four players shared the goalscoring title in the first season of the A-League, in 2005-06, none of them came from the bottom team in what was then an eight-team competition.

There has been a single winner in each of the six completed seasons since, and only once has that player come from a team that didn't make the finals. That was in season 2008-09, when Shane Smeltz – playing for sixth-placed Wellington – took the honour.

Wellington is in Perth for a game against Glory at nib Stadium on Sunday. After losing 2-1 to competition leaders Western Sydney Wanderers last Sunday, Phoenix players flew straight to Perth rather than go home and make a long trip back from there.

"That can only help us going into this game," Brockie said. "If we'd come from Wellington it would have been a three-hour flight to Sydney, a couple of hours waiting there, and then about five hours to Perth.

"I'm really happy to be over here because my mum and brothers live here and I get the chance to see them again.

"We're desperate, as a team, to avoid finishing the season badly. Our only aim now is to avoid the wooden spoon, so we simply have to get the three points against Perth.

"Pride in performance makes us want to perform well, and there are also seven or eight players in the squad who are playing for contracts for next season. Some of those boys will be playing against Perth, so we've still got plenty of motivation."

Brockie, who has two years left on his contract, said he had no idea who was going to coach Wellington next season. Ricki Herbert resigned as coach last month, and Herbert's former assistant, Craig Greenacre, is coaching the team on an interim basis until the end of the season.

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