Central Coast Mariners Captain, Alan Baro says that a strong dressing room culture is key to success and that’s something the Yellow & Navy boast in spades.
After facing his former team in the Hyundai A-League for the first time on Sunday where the Mariners were forced to share the spoils against Melbourne Victory, Baro says the Mariners’ first three points of the campaign are imminent.
The experienced defender says that the Mariners will stick to their guns and were happy with their performance against Melbourne Victory, although disappointed that they didn’t take all three points.
“The team had a really good game we, were competing for the whole 90 minutes against a big team like Melbourne Victory, and we were very happy with the team performance,” Baro said.
“The midfielders worked very hard, we play a good football style and it’s something we really need to stick to.
“We were a little disappointed with the result that we did not get the three points, but I think how we played is the way we need to play in the future,” Baro said.
Another former Victory player, in Connor Pain stole the headlines with his stunning strike to put the Mariners in front. Baro said that Painy is a dangerous attacker who is always causing trouble for the opposition’s back four.
“Painy is always dangerous when he has the ball at his feet,” Baro said. “In attack we look really aggressive and dangerous, in this game it was very evident that Painy had a really good game, his goal was an excellent goal.
“He had another chance that hit the post and a few more opportunities, he also created many good chances,” Baro said.
Having captained the Mariners for four games, the one thing Baro can’t deny is the strong team culture on the Central Coast that translates to combinations on the pitch.
“Our team here has really good people,” Baro said. “We all get along really well, we are all one with each other.
“It's always a great atmosphere in training, the dressing room and it is a really important thing to have in the dressing room so you get on well with all your teammates. When you go into the game and you can then see the relationships with your teammates, so we help each other, which is really important to have a good atmosphere in the dressing room,” Baro said.
Baro is confident that that the Mariners can return from Brisbane this weekend with three points.
“Yes of course we are confident to go there and play our style of football and I’m confident in the team. Hopefully we can get the three points – that’s what we are all working so hard for this week,” Baro said.
Sunday, 5 November 2017
Hyundai A-League Round 5
Match: Brisbane Roar vs. Central Coast Mariners
Venue: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
TV Broadcast: Live coverage on FOX SPORTS AUSTRALIA
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