Stajcic thinks there are positives in Mariners loss

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Despite a 3-1 loss to Adelaide on Saturday night, Central Coast Mariners boss Alen Stajcic said there was a lot of good signs.

Conceding three goals at home and giving up a lead was hard to take for the Mariners fans but stressed that he was impressed with his side’s effort against a top A-League side.

“We were good for the first 10 to 15 minutes; we could’ve even gone 2-0 up in that period,” said Stajcic.

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“We had good moments throughout the whole game, we just need to be more clinical in front of goal.”

An inconsistent start to the season has not worried the former Matildas mentor and he remains pleased about the progress the squad has made.

“Ziggy Gordon did a good job and Ruon Tongyik made his first start since the FFA Cup game in Maitland back in July.

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“There is a lot of good signs going forward, we looked good on the counter attack, we created a number of chances to add to the scoreboard but didn’t take it.”

Another positive for Stajcic was the performance of academy player Lewis Miller who was a half time substitute.

“Miller did very well, he’s just come back into full training after a month off so it is good to see him come on and mark one of the better players in the A-League in Mileusnic.”

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“He did a good job and when we were trying to pinch a goal and throwing men forward, he held his ground and got back.”

Adelaide coach Gerjan Verbeek also praised the Central Coast side and was impressed with their efforts.

“I found them very aggressive in the first 10 minutes of the game, that got them the early goal. They tried everything to grab the second goal and we had to defend well during the last 15 minutes,” he said.

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The Mariners are back in action next Sunday as they host new boys Western United.

Feature image credit: Glenn Pokorny

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James Watts
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