On the eve of the Central Coast Mariners Thursday night hit out against Adelaide United, Paul Okon spoke to media about their round seven clash at Central Coast Stadium. Kick-off is 7:50pm.
After a momentous win over Sydney FC, the Mariners now have a prime opportunity to turn back-to-back home games into back-to-back wins.
With a Thursday night game looming, the Mariners were forced to keep celebrations short-lived and quickly re-adjust their focus to a crucial match against Adelaide United.
Adelaide come to Gosford hungry for three points having lost their past three games against the Newcastle Jets, Perth Glory & Melbourne City after going their first three games undefeated.
The Mariners had little time to rest and were straight back to the training this week with three points the only focus.
Don’t forget that all the Thursday Night Football action starts at 5:30pm with the Official Pre-Game Function. Thanks to the Six String Brewery and Central Coast Leagues Club our Pre-Game Function will be hosted in the Gosford Bowling Club (entry via the Eastern Side of the Stadium).
Before heading into the stadium you will be able to try the Coast’s best craft beer and grab an affordable pre-game meal with a BBQ in operation that has a menu starting from $3 which includes steak and sausage sandwiches.
Paolo in the press
“Everyone’s fit and ready to go after a difficult game and the team that we put out against Adelaide tomorrow night needs to be at 100 percent,” Okon said. “Ladder position at the moment isn’t a concern to us – we know it’s going to be a difficult game and every game presents a new challenge.
“We’re playing at home, we’re playing some good football and we’re full of confidence so hopefully we can get another win.
“Tom [Hiariej] took the armband when Alan [Baro] was shown the red card so he will be our captain on Thursday night,” Okon said. “Tom certainly doesn’t lack experience and he was one of our best players on Friday night so I am sure he will enjoy the occasion and responsibility of wearing the armband.
“But, what’s important is for everyone to understand how hard they worked against Sydney and that we can repeat that,” Okon said.
Opta Stat Attack
- The Mariners have scored exactly two goals in each of their last five games against Adelaide United.
- The last time there was a draw between the Mariners and Reds in the A-League was in August 2010, with the 21 games being played since.
- Central Coast have kept a clean sheet in each of their last two games, the last time they went longer without conceding a goal was a three-game stretch in 2011/12.
- Adelaide have scored just one first-half goal in their last 13 games away from home.
- The Reds have launched 52 shots from outside the box this season, 22 more than any other team in the
- Tom Hiariej has made 234 passes in opposition territory this campaign, just two shy of league-leader Josh Brilliante.
- Isaias has made 65 passes into the final third, more than any player after six rounds this season.
Central Coast Mariners Squad: 1.Ben KENNEDY (gk), 3.Josh ROSE, 4.Jake McGING, 5.Antony GOLEC, 6.Tom HIARIEJ (c), 7.Andrew HOOLE, 9.ASDRUBAL, 10.Daniel De SILVA, 11.Connor PAIN, 12.Trent BUHAGIAR, 13.Kwabena APPIAH, 14.Adam BERRY, 16. Liam ROSE, 17.Josh BINGHAM, 19.Harry ASCROFT, 20.Adam PEARCE (gk), 21.Kye ROWLES, 23.Wout BRAMA
**Two to be omitted**
Ins: 17.Josh BINGHAM (promoted), 21.Kye ROWLES (promoted), 19.Harry ASCROFT
Outs: 15.Alan BARO (suspended – 1 week)
Unavailable: 2.Storm ROUX (international duty – 1 week1), 18.Tom GLOVER (gk) (shoulder injury – indefinite)
Thursday, 16 November 2017
Hyundai A-League Round 7
Match: Central Coast Mariners vs. Adelaide United
Venue: Central Coast Stadium, Gosford
Tickets: CLICK HERE
TV Broadcast: Live coverage on FOX SPORTS AUSTRALIA
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