A-League leader Central Coast Mariners is confident that history will not be repeated in their second match against Wellington Phoenix this season.
The Mariners sit pretty much on the table with five wins in seven games, but when canceled by the late Jaushua Sotirio winner at the Central Coast Stadium in late January, one of the two defeats was Wellington. Happened against.
The 2-1 win is Wellington’s only win to date, and Mariners goalkeeper Mark Birighitti is determined to make sure he turns the table in Wollongong on Sunday.
“It hurts. It was a shame to concede the goal in three minutes,” he said.
“We were a better team that day, but we didn’t get three points.
“We’re going back to them. It’s going to be a difficult match.
“Wellington has a good team and they play good football.
“We haven’t got any results at this point, so we have to do everything right to play on Sunday and get all three points.”
The Mariners will increase their confidence in Phoenix this season by beating Sydney FC, Melbourne City and MacArthur of the New Boys.
“No matter who you play against, you’ll be confident in the match this season,” said Billigitti.
Goal scoring sensation Alou Kuol was a highlight of the Mariners, but coach Alen Stajcic emphasized the importance of overall good performance.
“Really, you can shoot the whole team with a rifle and say everyone is playing at their peak-and for me it’s not their peak, for me the ceiling is much higher.” Said Stajcic.
“As we continue to improve as a team and continue to work together in the same spirit as we are today, the world is our oyster.
“But we need to make sure that we keep our feet on the ground and stay humble, and it’s a tough job to guide us here and what we need to improve. I realize that is a continuous effort. “
* The Central Coast won 5 of the first 7 games.
* Mariners sensation Alou Kuol started four times but scored five goals in seven games. He scores an average goal every 61.4 minutes.
* Wellington has lost both games in Wollongong so far this season.
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