Central Coast Mariners midfielder Wout Brama says that he can’t wait to return to Central Coast Stadium this Sunday and give the fans a performance they will be proud of against Melbourne Victory to claim their first three points of the season. Kick-off is 7pm.
After a stellar round one crowd of more than 12 000 people, Brama says that there is a sense of unfinished business within the squad who want to repay the faith for creating such an electric atmosphere.
“I’m really looking forward to Sunday,” Brama said. “Our first home game we had 12 000 people in round one and now we want to give them something back and put in a performance that they will be proud of.
“As a team, we want to fight and show the supporters that we are ready to take three points.
“The atmosphere at Central Coast Stadium was really good. The crowd were so enthusiastic and it was great to play there. I am looking forward to playing there again and collecting our first three points of the season,” Brama said.
The former FC Utrecht midfielder says that his performances have improved week-by-week but it’s not his individual form that is important, it’s about the full squad.
“I wasn’t satisfied with my first game against Newcastle but I think I’m improving,” Brama said. “I think my last game against Perth was my best performance for the Mariners but, for me it’s not about individual prizes – it’s about the team prizes,” Brama said.
After scoring first in all of their games this season, Brama believes that if the Mariners execute their game plan for 90 minutes, success is imminent.
“It’s now been three games in a row that we are leading and at the end we are losing points, so we need to improve on that. As a team, we have to defend better. We’ve now conceded nine goals in three games so we need to stick to our game plan but defensively as a team we have to improve.
“We have to stick to our game plan and we know how we can play football and at moments we have shown that. But as I said, if we do not collectively work to stop goals like this then it will be hard to win games and I think if we improve that, then there will be no doubt that points will come. I’m sure of that.
“We played Melbourne Victory in the pre-season but pre-season is never the same as competition, it will be a hard game. They are a quality side, a lot of quality attackers, they have not collected as many points as they expected as well, so I think that they are in the same position as us and they will want to win but hopefully not as much as us,” Brama said.
Brama’s central midfield pairing with fellow Dutchman Tom Hiariej is becoming a revelation in the Hyundai A-League and has helped both settle into the Australian football landscape.
“It is nice to have a fellow Dutchman next to me in the midfield and I think Tommy is a great player, on the ball and off the ball, he has a good pass and a good technique and his first touch is good too,” Brama said. “So, I like to play with him, and of course we speak a little Dutch out on the field, but during the game we speak mostly in English,” Brama said.
For the sixth consecutive season, the Mariners will dedicate a Hyundai A-League home match to women’s cancer support services on the Central Coast.
Since 2012 the Mariners have raised almost $80 000 by donning pink jerseys, followed by an online auction of the kits along with bucket collections and other collaborative fundraising initiatives between the Mariners, Cancer Council NSW – Central Coast and Brightfield Group Services.
Brama said it is an honour to wear pink and do his part to help a great cause.
“It’s always very important to raise awareness for a great cause,” Brama said. “I saw the story about Ben Kennedy and his mother – some things are way more important than football.
“If we can wear pink and help raise awareness for this cause, so hopefully we can really make a difference,” Brama said.
Sunday, 29 October 2017
Hyundai A-League Round 4
Match: Central Coast Mariners vs. Melbourne Victory
Venue: Central Coast Stadium, Gosford
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TV Broadcast: Live coverage on FOX SPORTS AUSTRALIA
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