Arnold: Positivity, hard work and fans the key

Graham Arnold believes hard work, a positive attitude and strong local support are the key elements needed for the Mariners camp this week as they prepare for their Hyundai A-League round 4 match against Perth Glory on Saturday evening.

Graham Arnold believes hard work, a positive attitude and strong local support are the key elements needed for the Mariners camp this week as they prepare for their Hyundai A-League round 4 match against Perth Glory on Saturday evening.

“It-s just the process that we-re going through,” Arnold said. “At the end of the day, you make your own luck and that starts with a lot of hard work on the training field.”

“I saw a lot of positives [out of the second half against Newcastle] compared to last week-s performance against Gold Coast.

“A lot of that was down to the hard work we did on the training field last week.

“The fans are also key. They helped lift us in the last ten minutes against Gold Coast and we hope they-ll be there on Saturday to support us again.”

While understandably disappointed with his teams- start to the new campaign, Arnold believes the Yellow and Navy can find the combination needed to unlock their first win of the new season this Saturday.

Nevertheless, he admitted Glory, who have won three from three to start the season, would provide stern opposition for his side at Bluetongue Stadium.

“Perth recruited extremely well during the off-season,” he said. “From front to back they-ve brought in some high quality players.”

The Mariners met the purple-whites during the Hyundai A-League pre-season at Knox Grammar School, Wahroonga.

On that occasion, former Perth midfielder Adriano Pellegrino scored the only goal of the game just before halftime to secure a 1-0 win for the Mariners.

Former Bluetongue favourite, goalkeeper Danny Vukovic, put in an immense shift for Glory that day, making a number of stunning saves to ensure the scoreline didn-t blow out.

With Vukovic returning to his old stomping ground with the Glory this weekend, Mariners fans will undoubtedly be hoping the ace shot-stopper is off his game - for 90 minutes at least.

Meanwhile, the Mariners National Youth League team will go toe-to-toe with Perth Glory Youth on Sunday at Pluim Park, Lisarow.

The match will kick-off at 11am, with the budding Mariners stars having earned a point from their opening round fixture against Newcastle Jets last Friday night.

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