• FT

    Sydney FC

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    Melbourne V

    3

  • FT

    Wellington P

    0

    CC Mariners

    1

  • FT

    Adelaide Utd

    1

    Perth Glory

    1

AUSTRALIAN A-LEAGUE

Westpac Stadium, New Zealand

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Central Coast Mariners

  • Daniel McBreen 68'
  • Daniel McBreen 68'

Confident Mariners grind down Phoenix

While confidence was high for Central Coast, complacency wasn't an issue as they dug deep to defeat a gritty Wellington Phoenix 1-0 in their A-League match at Westpac Stadium on Sunday.

After demolishing Sydney 7-2 a week ago, the Mariners weren't allowed the same space or time on the ball by the Phoenix but still managed to notch up their fourth win of the season.

Last week's hat-trick hero Daniel McBreen's 69th-minute strike came after a scoreless first half, and was set up by Tom Rogic's superb run and pinpoint cross into the middle.

The Mariners continued the miserly defence that has been a feature of their game this season, conceding only four goals in six games.

The match was a stark contrast to last week's free-flowing win, but coach Graham Arnold says it was pleasing to see his team knew how to work hard.

"Even when we don't play well, we know how to defend and grind out a win. And we know how to play well, as you saw last week," he said.

"The fact we can do both - not many teams can do that in the league."

Arnold said Central Coast worked hard on their defence against the Phoenix, keeping playmakers Paul Ifill and Louis Fenton under close wraps and choking off the supply of ball through to strikers Stein Huysegems and Jeremy Brockie.

He was particularly pleased with the way the Mariners had backed up after their runaway win over Sydney.

"I made sure there was no complacency from Monday last week. The confidence was high but we wanted to make sure the focus was still there.

"They set the standards themselves last week with that performance, and it's up to them to maintain those standards. If they don't they're letting each other down."

The loss is the Phoenix's third on end and leaves them ninth on the A-League ladder with one win from six starts while the Mariners leapfrog to the top of the table on four wins.

Arnold, however, isn't looking too far ahead, saying there's still plenty of room for improvement before the Mariners start thinking about the play-offs.

"It's only round six, and there's a long way to go. The league's a lot tougher than what it has been," he said.

"I'd like to see us play better and better. I'm never happy - if you get happy in this job, it'll smack you about the face when you least expect it."

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Scoring Summary

  • Wellington Phoenix FC
  • Central Coast Mariners
 

Match Stats

  • Wellington Phoenix FC
  • Central Coast Mariners
4(0) Shots (on goal) 16(8)
16 Fouls 28
4 Corner kicks 6
8 Offsides 2
0% Time of Possession 0%
4 Yellow Cards 2
0 Red Cards 0
6 Saves 0

Teams

  • Wellington Phoenix FC
  • Central Coast Mariners
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