Wellington Phoenix manager Mark Rudan is hailing the efforts of striker Roy Krishna, following his goal-scoring heroics in last night's 3-2 victory over Melbourne City.
Krishna, 31, scored all three of the Phoenix's goals in last night's victory, including a 94th minute winner in his side's quest to host a home play-off.
The treble also saw Krishna become the Phoenix's all-time leading scorer in a single season, overtaking All Whites striker Jeremy Brockie's 16 strikes in 2012/13. Krishna now with 18 goals with one regular season match left to play.
Speaking to media after the win, coach Mark Rudan heralded Krishna's influence, becoming the first player to pass 50 goals for the Phoenix.
"He deserves all the accolades. He's a fantastic individual," Rudan said.
"He's worked really hard this season. He never asks for a day off. There's no excuses about him. He's just worked really hard and that's all you can ask for.
"He's played a massive role in why we are here and playing finals. But there's more to come from Roy. I love the guy."
With Krishna's current contract up at the end of the season, Rudan made it clear of the Fijian forward's impact at the Phoenix, with his future uncertain in Wellington - and with the likes of Sydney FC and the Central Coast Mariners reportedly ready to swoop.
"He's the king of Wellington Phoenix and you saw the reception he got when he scored the hat-trick. He's loved here by everyone."
The Phoenix finish the A-League regular season with an away trip to Perth Glory, hoping to seal a now unlikely top four finish.