Shattered Mariners can only look up

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After failing to convert entertainment into points for another week, Mariners coach Tony Walmsley has had to come to terms with just how long his performance overhaul is going to take.

The Mariners went down 5-1 to Melbourne City in their sixth consecutive loss this season, championing the visitors to an impressive ten goals in two games after defeating Perth Glory last week with the same 5-1 thrashing.

“I can’t sit here and defend a five-one defeat at home.”

“We missed chances, we coughed the ball up at the other end and you’re two-nil down asking ‘how did that actually happen?’”

“I’m not making excuses here. We weren’t good enough today.”

Desperate to highlight the positives, Walmsley praised youngster Harry Ascroft for his man-on-man marking of Aaron Mooy, who has been one of the league’s best players at the moment.

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““His task was to make his (Mooy) life difficult today”

Melbourne City coach John Van’t Schip is fairly confident his marquee midfielder will remain committed to the club.

“What we understand from Aaron is that he’s really happy, he wants to stay here.”

Of his 5-1 victory Van’t Schip remained humble, pointing out that the first 25 minutes didn’t reflect the end result.

“We had chances, they had in the beginning two very good chances…we were a bit shaky.”

“After that, one nil, two nil, it became easier.”

Meanwhile Walmsley will be working to claw his team up from eighth position on the ladder and to convince his players and fans that the day will come.

“There’ll be elements of confidence…for others there’ll be doom and gloom for a few days.”

After a quick turn around from Sunday’s game against Western Sydney, Thursday night’s game against an opponent they share little history with, was always going to be a hard sell to Mariners fans.

A crowd of 4,515, about 3,000 shy from Central Coast Stadium’s average, were brave enough to watch the Mariners hapless performance while the Yellow Army and its brass band accompaniment were another active supporter section taking part in a string of boycotts this week. They left only a sign reading “gone to the pub” in protest to the FFA’s appeals blunder over banned spectators.

Coming into Round 10 both teams have a ten-day recovery period but Walmsley’s thinking more long term than that.

“Roll us forward to this time next year and you’re talking about some seriously good young players here.”

“We really need to continue to work until the penny drops.”

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