Okon slams ‘unacceptable’ Mariners

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Bitterly disappointed Central Coast Mariners coach Paul Okon didn’t mince his words following his side’s 2-1 defeat to Perth Glory at nib stadium.

The Mariners controlled large periods of the match and went ahead after Wout Brama’s composed left foot strike beat Liam Reddy in the fifteenth minute.

But two lapses of concentration saw a clinical Perth Glory punish a tired looking Mariners side in the second half.

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“We’re very disappointed,” Okon said.

“We can’t think that if we continue to give goals away like that, that we’re going to win football games.”

Connor Pain, Asbrudal and Kwabena Appiah consistently troubled Perth with their pace and agility particularly in a frenetic opening half hour.

“I thought our effort was outstanding, everything we spoke about and worked on during the week came to life in the first 20 minutes.”

Gracious in defeat, Okon praised Perth but seemed determined to ensure the errors made in this match will not be tolerated in the future.

“We congratulate Perth. They are a very strong team at home.” Okon said.

“I’m not going to feel sorry for myself and neither are the players.

“We have to work so hard for our goals, our goals and opportunities come from good football and then we cop two goals on long balls straight down the middle. It’s unacceptable.”

The loss sees the Mariners drop to second last on the ladder with just a single point while Glory move up into the top six with its first win of the campaign.

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Perth Glory head coach Kenny Lowe wasn’t overly pleased with his team’s start to the match but thought his side generated enough opportunities to merit the win.

“I thought we started slow but as the game wore on we looked dangerous and created chances,” Lowe said.

“And on another day we could have a couple more.  We were good value.”

World Cup hopeful Adam Taggart continued his impressive early season form adding another classy goal to his season tally earning praise from his coach.

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“The ball in from Taggs (Taggart) for Andy (Keogh) was world class,” Lowe said.

“And the ball in for Taggs was superb and the finish was even better it was well worth waiting for.”

Glory will be hoping its gruelling off season campaign will help them next week when they face the toughest task in Australian football at the moment with a trip to Sydney FC.

Meanwhile a determined Central Coast will have a full week to recover before facing a Melbourne Victory side who despite boasting a hugely strong squad are yet to flourish.

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