Tongyik believes the Mariners can beat any team

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Central Coast Mariners defender Ruon Tongyik believes the mentality of the team is so strong they could beat any team on their best day.

The Mariners have had an incredible start to the A-League season, a start that sees them top of the ladder heading into week eight.

In multiple games they have clawed their way back from behind to get the win, and confidence seems to be at an all time high among the squad.

“We’ve played a lot of good football, our winning mentality and desire has been immense, we could beat any team,” Tongyik SAID.

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The Mariners have enjoyed a nice run in front of a home crowd over the last few weeks, but must now take their game to the road – with three away games in a row.

However, Tongyik is confident the Mariners can continue their winning form on the road.

“We have a great mentality, we are just going to go and beat those teams on their own turf and come home with the three points,” he said.

They will travel to Wollongong to take on the Wellington Phoenix. The two teams met only two weeks ago, and it was the Phoenix that took all three points with an 88th minute winner from Jaushua Sotirio.

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Tongyik admitted the Phoenix were a great team but said the Mariners did not fear them, and would be looking to break them down and play their own style of football.

Tongyik is having a career defining season and credits the attitude of the squad and the help from experienced players such as Oliver Bozanic and Matt Simon.

“I have learnt a lot, especially from the older players, the experience and encouragement they bring to the younger boys is great,” he said.

“The coaching staff and the behind doors staff have helped me a lot, in terms of getting my body right and helping me work on things I need to work on.”

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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.