Central Coast Mariners left-back, Scott Galloway says his side are taking plenty of confidence from their performances against Melbourne City and Sydney FC but the next challenge is turning those performances into three points.
The message is clear from Paul Okon to his team and that’s to believe. Belief from his players that they have the quality to match it with every team in the Hyundai A-League.
Galloway arrived on the Central Coast this season from Melbourne Victory and says that the side’s last two performances breeds confidence that they can climb the Hyundai A-League ladder.
“We take plenty of positives from our performances against Sydney FC and the week before against City,” Galloway said. “We’re showing that we can match it with anyone and we should be getting results against the top teams, we’re starting to make a statement.
“It’s not about the top teams having an off day because we’re doing it consistently now, it’s about us playing the type of football we know we can play,” Galloway said.After the side’s morale boosting 2-2 draw with City on New Year’s Eve and a performance that saw the Mariners become the first team to put two goals past Sydney FC, Galloway said that belief is at an all-time high.
“The message from Paolo is believe,” Galloway said. “We need to believe in ourselves, we’ve matched it with the big teams and should even be getting results so to those who didn’t believe before, believe now because we’ve proven it time and time again,” Galloway said.
The 21-year-old scored his first goal for the Mariners that equalised against Sydney FC which was followed by a passionate celebration in the north-western corner.
“It felt good to score,” Galloway said. “It was good to show a bit of passion; I don’t score too many goals so I had to make the most of the celebration.
Galloway credited his Mariners teammates who he says have made the transition from Melbourne to the sunny Central Coast a seamless one.
“I’m loving it here on the Coast, it’s been really good,” Galloway said. “It’s a great team, a great club and a great bunch of boys so I’m enjoying playing football week-in-week out.
“It’s been such an easy transition; I’ve played under Paolo before and with many of the boys so it’s been very easy – the guys that I met for the first time welcomed me with open arms as well.
The Central Coast Mariners depart for Wellington on Friday morning and three points is the number one priority.
“Three points would be huge,” Galloway said. “We’ve dropped six points against them and Wellington should be a team that we should be getting points against. It’s always a tough trip to Wellington but to go there and get three points away is what we are aiming for,” Galloway said.
The former Victory man made a switch to Yellow & Navy to secure more game time and says that his body is holding up well after posting 11 games to his name this season.
“The body is holding up well,” Galloway said. “It took a couple of games to get used to but now I’m starting to find my fitness and hit my peak levels which allows me to get more forward which I like to do and run out the games making the full 90 rather than cramping at 60,” Galloway said.
Hyundai A-League 2016/17 – Round 15
Saturday 14 January 2017
Wellington Phoenix vs. Central Coast Mariners
Venue: Westpac Stadium, Wellington
kick-off: 5:35pm (AEDT)
Official hash-tags: #WELvCCM & #CCMFC
TV Broadcast: Fox Sports 505
Radio Broadcast: 96.3 Coast FM