New philosophy slowly taking over for Mariners

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After their fifth consecutive loss and tenth match without a win Tony Walmsley can’t deny his Central Coast Mariners are in a rut.

Going down 1-0 to the second-placed Brisbane Roar and failing to bring holiday cheer to the Coast, he’s conceded that the club is undergoing a phase of renewal.

“We’re in the middle of a change process, so new staff, new players, new direction, new philosophy.”

Walmsley recognised the greatest risk in the evolution of the Mariners is a lack of experience and potential for young players to lose faith in the transition process.

“The less experience you have, the harder it is to deal with. Along the way people fall by the wayside.”

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“There’s now a definite feeling, an awareness that we’re actually moving on.”

Of the fans however Walmsley has a potential long term solution to keeping them on board in light of talk this week surrounding the January transfer window.

“A little bit of experience would be great or some absolutely young gun players.

“I wouldn’t put a marquee out of the question. If it was the right balance of commercial opportunity versus big name player…something that lifts the plans, lifts the community would be fantastic.”

Despite being expected to win comfortably, Brisbane coach John Aloisi thought his team deserved their victory in the sweltering heat of Gosford.

“Two weeks in a row we’ve had pretty tough conditions and it wasn’t easy for the boys last week and today. It’s not only the conditions but when the pitch dries up the ball speed’s not as quick as we would like.”

While the Mariners are now famous for their entertaining attack-minded play this season, the visitors were caught off guard with the more compact defence of the Yellow.

“I didn’t really expect them to sit off like that at home.”

“All in all we controlled the majority of the game, but the second half opened up a bit.”

The Roar had a gallery of attacking weapons at their disposal coming into the match but lost Jamie Maclaren to a shin knock in the second period.

“Hopefully it’s just a bruise and nothing too serious, and Stevie Lustica said after 10 minutes that he felt something in his stomach area so I’m not sure how bad that is” said Aloisi.

Fabio Ferrreira’s return to the line-up provided a much-needed boost for the Mariners who’ve missed him for six weeks thanks to a hamstring injury.

“It’s going to be incremental for him, he won’t be ready to start for a few more weeks” said Walmsley.

At this point in the season it seems time is the Mariners best friend and patience a bloody valuable virtue. Hope and faith are up there too as they take on the fourth-placed Sydney FC next week.

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Jade Toomey
A 20 year old Media and Law student trying to tame those stream-of-consciousness writing habits with an ickle bit of fun at the Central Coast Mariners.