Knights in stunning upset
The New Zealand Knights finally have something to smile about after handing the Queensland Roar a shock 3-1 defeat in Auckland on Friday.
The Knights took the lead after 14 minutes through a John Tambouras header before Neil Emblen and Alen Marcina added second-half strikes to give the team just its third win of the season.
Queesland substitute Ante Milicic scored the only goal for the visitors in the 80th minute.
Just before the quarter hour mark Roar defender Remo Buess fouled Emblen on the edge of the area. Chinese signing Leilei Gao swung over the resulting freekick for Tambouras to head home.
The 1-0 lead remained until seven minutes into the second spell when captain Darren Bazeley's whipped delivery from the right flank fell to Emblen 10 yards out and the big Englishman made no mistake in slamming home past Roar keeper Liam Reddy.
Three minutes later striker Alen Marcina scored his second goal for the club when Reddy spilled Richard Johnson's 20-yard effort and the Canadian prodded home.
The Knights could have added to the scoreline but Noah Hickey blazed a low drive inches wide of the left upright after running at the Roar defense and substitute Michael White had his shot blocked by Reddy.
Knights coach Ricki Herbert says a game plan based around more passing and interchange has been embraced and is one of the reasons for the improved performance.
He says they threw it out to the players and based on what he saw in this match, it worked well and the team seemed to enjoy it.
Roar coach Frank Farina says schoolboy errors may have cost his team dearly in the playoff race.
The Knights' next match is against Sydney FC at Aussie Stadium next Sunday.