This Friday the Central Coast Mariners host the Champions, Sydney FC in Friday night football. Kick-off is 7:50pm and Josh Rose says there’s an air of excitement around the Mariners’ next home game.
There aren’t many tougher tasks in the Hyundai A-League than facing the Champions but Mariners defender Josh Rose is confident that they have what it takes to match it with the Sky Blues.
“Sydney FC have set the benchmark for 12 months now so it’s going to be a great challenge for us,” Rose said. “We’re at home and have a Friday night game so we’re all buzzing about that. I’m really looking forward to it and I know the rest of the team are as well.
“It’s a fantastic test, we’re all confident in the way we’ve been playing that we can hurt Sydney. We know we are going to have to work really hard as they are a hard-working team but with what we’ve been producing I think we can get the result on Friday night,” Rose said.
With Over 200 Hyundai A-League games to his name, Josh Rose knows Sydney FC all too well. In fact, he was a part of the Mariners outfit that famously defeated Sydney FC 7-2 at Central Coast Stadium five years ago, almost to the day.
“That was a fantastic night,” Rose said. “At the time, we were playing some fantastic football as we are right now – anything is possible in football, I’d love another seven on Friday night to let the fans go home happy but to be honest I would take a 1-0.
Defensively, the Mariners go into Friday night’s game full of confidence having kept their first clean sheet of the campaign on Sunday against the Brisbane Roar away from home.
In the attacking front, there were also plenty of positives to take from the encounter with multiple chances created.
“The clean sheet is a massive one for us,” Rose said. “As a back four and the goalkeepers, we take pride in clean sheets so to get our first one of the season is a real confidence booster so hopefully we can build on that.
“Every game we’ve created opportunities which is a great thing – we work a lot on that in training and we’ve got some really dangerous players. We just need to turn that into goals, we’re walking away from games with lost points which is hurting us on the table,” Rose said.
The elusive first win of the 2017/18 campaign is something that the Mariners are chasing and the 35-year-old-defender says that if they stick to their game plan, results will soon follow.
“To get our first three points at home would be great for our confidence,” Rose said. “We’re full of confidence already and we haven’t picked up a win yet so if we can do it this Friday we will be going really well,” Rose said.
“We need to stick to the plan, fix those little moments in both defence and attack and the wins will come,” Rose said.
“Knowing Arnie [Graham Arnold] it’s just business as usual, they’ve stuck to the same game plan for the past 12 months and everyone in that team knows their role. Nothing will change with that on Friday night, we all know our role and I’m sure that if we produce our best we can get that result,” Rose said.
Friday, 10 November 2017
Hyundai A-League Round 6
Match: Central Coast Mariners vs. Sydney FC
Venue: Central Coast Stadium, Gosford
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TV Broadcast: Live coverage on FOX SPORTS AUSTRALIA
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