Davila shining bright for rampant Phoenix

Daniel Gilhooly
Ulises Davila has already been tagged as one of Wellington Phoenix's finest ever players

Wellington say there's even better to come from match-winning Mexican Ulises Davila, whose attacking class has the Kiwi A-League outfit club on the verge of a club record.

A win or draw next week away to Brisbane will extend the fourth-placed Phoenix's unbeaten run to 10 games, surpassing their best-ever sequence achieved when Mark Rudan's team broke their finals drought last season.

The overhauled team under rookie coach Ufuk Talay are playing an even better brand, led by their goalscorer from Guadalajara Davila, who took his season tally to nine during Saturday's 2-0 win over Western Sydney.

The 28-year-old's finishing has complemented his dazzling creativity, leading some to anoint him one of the club's best ever attacking players after just 13 appearances.

Former strikers Paul Ifill, Nathan Burns and Roy Krishna are in that conversation, along with young Kiwi playmaker Sarpreet Singh.

Krishna's golden boot winning exploits (18 goals) last season was the key to their rejuvenation but Talay said the technically gifted Davila compares favourably with Krishna on most measures.

"Different player. Roy's quick, he's a different type of striker," Talay said.

"Uli can play up front, we can play him in behind as well. He's a creative player who can score goals and assist goals.

"I believe I can squeeze more juice out of players. Ulises for me has been very influential for us and he scored another great goal today."

Talay has reached the point where he's trying to temper the growing expectation of club supporters.

He said the record unbeaten streak hasn't been a motivation but he admitted to some inner satisfaction that it came off the back of losing his first four games in charge.

"We were playing some good football, weren't getting rewarded for it, and I think now things are starting to become more automatic with the decision-making on the ball, which makes life a lot easier on the park," he said.

"We try to keep the boys grounded. We're a very humble side and there's still a lot to improve. Where we end up in the season is where we end up and we'll go from there."