Alen Stajcic believes his team was good enough to win

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Central Coast Mariners head coach Alen Stajcic believes that his team was dominant in the second half of their match against Wellington Phoenix and they should have put their chances away.

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It was a tough night for the Mariners who could not find the killer instinct to win the game and it was especially tough when Jaushua Sotirio got behind the Mariners defence and scored the winner in the 89th minute. Stajcic spoke on the goal:

“It was a bit of hit and hope for them, just trying to get in behind, got a bit of luck and then a good finish. Full credit to the finish, but ultimately we should have won the second half.

“They controlled the game in the first half and both teams had some good chances, but I think it the second half we had control and were putting the shots in but ultimately we got caught with a sucker punch.

“It’s disappointing to lose but the performance in the second half was really good.”

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In an extra blow for the Mariners, their captain Oliver Bozanic appeared to dislocate his shoulder just before half time but managed to finish the game. Daniel Bouman was another injury victim, being subbed off in the second half.

“Medical staff said it popped back in and he managed to soldier on, we’ll assess him (Bozanic) and Bouman tomorrow and see how they go during the week,” Stajcic said.

It is a short turn around again for the Mariners who must now put the loss to the Phoenix behind them and face Melbourne City after just a two day break. This is the third time this season the Mariners have had this kind of turn around and Stajcic trusts in the fitness of his squad.

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“We’ve managed it well previously and I have no doubt we will mange it again for this upcoming week. It’s not fitness or health that I’m worried about, it is just that finishing touch on top of all our good play in the front third.

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Ben Johnston
Ben Johnston
I grew up on the Central Coast and fell in love with football in 2005. Supporter of Mariners, Manchester United and Macclesfield Town.

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