Wednesday night saw the Central Coast Mariners win their first A-League game of the 2018/19 season with a gripping 2-1 victory over Melbourne City.

It was a long time coming for the Mariners, as they had taken the lead in three of their previous four matches coming into the game on Wednesday but had failed to take a single point from those encounters.

Not down on spirit, though, Mariners manager Mike Mulvey said his team have been working hard to finally taste victory.

“It’s something that we’ve been building towards”, said Mulvey.

“We’ve showed [our quality] in patches, and even tonight we had a 20-minute period where Melbourne City were on top, and Warren [Joyce] is probably sitting there thinking how they didn’t get a draw out of it at least, but we withstood [the pressure].

“We had to put bodies on the line, there was some last-ditch tackles, some good saves, and then we were a threat as well when we had Jordan [Murray] and Mario [Shabow] just in behind Matt Simon, and that’s what led to the goal”.

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Melbourne City manager Warren Joyce also added his praise to the Mariners squad who had been playing some good football, despite remaining winless before Wednesday night.

“Objectively, they’ve been one of the form teams the past two weeks”, said Joyce.

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“We weren’t expecting it to be easy”.

The result will be a huge relief for the Mariners, as it ends a 327-day winless streak. You’d forgive a club for being a bit down about a statistic as dooming as that, but not Mulvey’s Mariners. This entire season he has been singing his team’s praises about the squad togetherness and a never say die attitude he instils in his team. Leading players Connor Pain and Matt Simon have also mentioned the squad togetherness at the Mariners.

“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”.

Adding to Pain’s comments, Mike Mulvey stressed that although all of Australia may have been doubting them against City, his side knew what they were capable of.

“The whole of Australia except that team, except our dressing room, because we believe we can get results”, said Mulvey.

“The players deserve all the credit, I really take my hat off to them.

“What we did differently today was we held onto that shape, and we realised that we could get them on the break, or build an attack, and that’s what we did.

“You’ve got to give tremendous amounts of credit to the players, but also the fans. The noise they made was fantastic”.

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The real test now for the Mariners is seeing if they can back up their win with a positive result again Brisbane Roar on Sunday. The Roar are struggling and sit just two points above the Mariners on the ladder. A win for Mulvey’s men will see them leapfrog Brisbane into ninth, and off the bottom of the table.

“It’s a win, and it’s important that we’ve had a kill if you like, by winning, and we’ve tasted it. Now we want to find out how hungry we are to get more”, said Mulvey.

“I’ve said for the last few weeks that if we had kept 11 on the field against Sydney or Wellington, we would have won those games, or gone close to winning those games.

“At the end of the day, someone will be saying you actually got beaten in the end, okay we did, no problem, but we kept turning up, the players turned up, and we got our just rewards today”.

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