Central Coast Mariners winger Connor Pain says his embattled team will keep on working for each other until the results come.

It looked like a result might eventually come their way on Friday night against Sydney FC, with the game starting perfectly for the Mariners, with Pain himself scoring the opening goal in the 17th minute. But it all went south just 26 minutes in, when experienced centre-back Kalifa Cisse was shown a red card.

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From there the Mariners suffered a cruel 5-2 defeat, but Connor Pain says the team will take confidence from the opening 30-minutes of the game against Sydney FC last Friday night.

“It fills us with a little bit of confidence taking away what we can from that game” said Pain.

“Obviously, it’s really disappointing to end up scrapping the game with ten men and we never really know how that game could have ended up. But at the same time again we didn’t win, and we didn’t get any points, so we have to just solider on and look forward to travelling to Wellington this weekend.

“We take the first 30-minutes against Sydney as a blueprint for what we can do this week.

“That was probably the best football we’ve played in that 30-minute patch all season and you take some positives from that, but obviously we ended up still losing the game”.

Sadly, for the Mariners, it has been a season of incomplete performances. They’ve taken leads against Melbourne City, Brisbane Roar, Newcastle Jets, and Sydney FC twice, but only have two points to show for it. Pain believes it’s not due to a lack of effort, but rather a wrong mentality, and that needs to change.

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“When we do go a goal down, I think it’s more, we can get back in this game” said Pain.

“Heads can’t go down. We’ve got to keep fighting and staying together and backing ourselves.

“It’s all about putting those games together, putting the 90-minutes together. All the top teams in the league do that, and then they come back to haunt you if you switch off for more than five minutes, so we’ve got to turn that first-half performance into a 90-minute performance and then we’ll be fine”

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It’s been a tough season for the Mariners, who are winless so far this campaign and are close to setting the unwanted record of the most consecutive losses in A-League history.

However, through all the hardships, Connor Pain says the squad are still as strong as ever and prove their togetherness on the playing field and in training.

“I think that’s something that’s never been in question” said Pain.

‘That’s the one thing we can hold our heads up high and say we have a great bunch of boys and we all fight for each other. We showed that fight really well in that game against Sydney and obviously circumstances led to us not being able to win that game of football, but obviously we’re all around each other and we’ll be going to Wellington looking to win.

“The best thing about this time of the season is games come thick and fast, so we can get over a loss like that and go to Wellington and hopefully bring back the points and then we’ve got games coming and coming, and then we can turn this around”.

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