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Miller likes Carney-Trifunovic bromance

  • Miller likes Carney-Trifunovic bromance

It was the coaching masterstroke that helped his team avoid owning the longest goal drought in A-League history - now Scott Miller hopes it can stick.

Goalless in six straight games with a sole striker, a desperate Miller reverted to a traditional two-pronged frontline against Wellington that resulted in a 3-1 win on Sunday.

Veteran David Carney wound back the clock with a vintage display alongside maligned leadman Milos Trifunovic, both players enjoying a rare field day against an inexperienced Phoenix defence.

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Carney played a role in all three of his side's goals, including an expert finish on the counter to seal the match, while Trifunovic broke the drought with a penalty he drew with his physical presence.

The unlikely pair went on to share a bromance moment when Trifunovic was substituted at the 66th minute mark, the blossoming of a partnership Miller is likely to rely on to resurrect their season.

"It was a nice trait from the two shaking hands when Milos left the field," Miller said.

"I thought that showed a great respect for each other's work ethic in and out of possession. It might be the start of a nice relationship between those two."

Miller had tried a number of players in the No.9 over the past two months, including Carney and winger Enver Alivodic, without much success.

However he was rapt with the winning formula.

While he was hesitant to commit to the conventional line-up, he admitted that the change-up had worked.

"We changed it slight. We wanted more numbers around Milos, playing off the platform up there," he said.

"We worked hard all week on it (but) it's fixture-focused preparation here, so it's dependent on who we play.

"We identified an issue that we could maximise and it's a credit to the players - they executed it tremendously well."

The win means the Jets are now just four points out of the top six ahead of next week's match against Perth at home.

Miller will need a new midfielder after Ben Kantarovski received a second yellow card in the second half for a dangerous tackle on Vince Lia.

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