I’m A Better Player: ‘King Krishna’

The Siberia, Labasa, native said he did not expect to score a hat-trick but gave all the credit to his teammates for feeding him with “some great balls.”
23 Apr 2019 18:12
I’m A Better Player: ‘King Krishna’
Wellington Phoenix striker Roy Krishna scores a 94th minute winner against Melbourne City in the A-League at Westpac Stadium in Wellington on April 21, 2019. Photo: Wellington Phoenix

Wellington Phoenix star striker Roy Krishna has hailed the important role his teammates and coach have played in helping him hit top form this season.

Krishna scored his first profession­al hat-trick on Sunday, including a 94th minute winner, to help propel the Phoenix to a 3-2 win over Mel­bourne City.

The win kept them within touching distance of fourth-placed Adelaide United with one match – against Perth Glory on Sunday – remaining in the season.

The Siberia, Labasa, native said he did not expect to score a hat-trick but gave all the credit to his team­mates for feeding him with “some great balls.”

“It’s always great to win especially when it’s at this stage of the sea­son because we needed that win,” Krishna told SUNsports from New Zealand last night.

“The team played very well, work­ing together to create opportunities and it’s a great feeling to be on the score sheet.

“It’s my first hat trick as a profes­sional so it means a lot more to me personally.

“I always work hard to do better in the field. I’ve had a couple of braces so this is more than what I’ve ever achieved.”

The match-winning performance prompted outgoing Phoenix coach Mark Rudan to label Krishna the ‘King of the Wellington Phoenix.’

“He puts the fear in anyone,” Rudan told news website Stuff NZ.

“We know his skill sets, how im­portant he is. I knew how important he was when I first came to the club.

“Roy is an example of the whole team but he certainly puts the fear of God into any defender out there.”

The hat-trick took Krishna’s tally to 18, breaking the record for most goals scored in a single season and making him a frontrunner for the golden boot award.

It was also his 50th goal in the Hyundai A-League, an achievement Krishna called “the highlight of my career.”

Following the win, interest in the 31-year-old’s signature has report­edly intensified.

The striker is out-of-contract at the end of the season and specula­tion that rival A-League clubs have begun circling him continues to gather pace.

But the Fijian captain refused to add fuel to the rumours, saying he was focussed on the main goal of going as far as possible with the Nix this season.

“I will make a decision when the time is right but for now I want to train hard and do well for the club,” he said.

“We would be very happy with a home playoff and will give it our all in the last round because our fans at home have been very supportive throughout the season.

“We are overwhelmed with their support and it’s a great feeling to be playing in our home ground.”

Edited by Osea Bola


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