‘It’s tough to take’: Stajcic says Mariners must make their own luck
Central Coast Mariners boss Alen Stajcic has lamented his team’s lack of luck after coming away empty-handed against Brisbane Roar on Saturday afternoon.
The Mariners seemed destined to settle for a scoreless draw at Central Coast Stadium before Corey Brown’s 86th minute strike deflected off Lewis Miller to deliver the Roar a 1-0 victory.
The result proved hard to take for the Mariners boss after his side fashioned 18 attempts on goal all told against the Roar – including a second-half header from Daniel De Silva that bounced back off the crossbar.
“We had our chances and hit the post again and concede off a deflection so it’s tough to take,” Stajcic said.
“I thought we had enough control and chances and possession and territory to win that game but it just didn’t happen for us today
With his side six points shy of the Hyundai A-League top six and struggling for consistent results, Stajcic found it hard to put his finger on precisely why his side did not put away the Roar when they had the chance.
“I don’t know. We just need that little bit of extra quality, make our own luck a little bit more in those critical moments. It’s not too dissimilar to the last few weeks.”
He added: “That’s nine times we’ve hit the post now this year and you don’t get points for that.
“We’ve had a bit of bad luck but we’ve also made our own bad luck and haven’t made enough of our own good luck.
“We haven’t been positive enough and had enough quality in key areas in and around the penalty box.
“That’s what wins and loses matches and that’s what won and lost the match today.”
The Mariners have now been held scoreless in their last two Hyundai A-League matches.
By contrast, Roar boss Robbie Fowler feels his side are quietly correcting the course of their season after posting back-to-back wins for the first time since March 2018.
The result also lifted them into the Hyundai A-League top six ahead of Adelaide United, who have the chance to reclaim that spot when they close out Round 16 against Western United Sunday evening (kick off 6.00pm AEDT).
“It’s a tough place. The weather and conditions were probably not kind for both teams but, look, we’ve done a good job," Fowler said.
“We’ve kept another clean sheet, which is good, and we’re five games unbeaten.
“It was the third time we’ve played them and we’ve come away with two victories and a draw and I think we are in a good place at the minute,” he concluded.
Sydney FC v Brisbane Roar
Friday, 31 January 2020
Netstrata Jubilee Stadium
Kick off: 6.30pm AEDT
Central Coast Mariners v Western Sydney Wanderers
Sunday, 2 February 2020
Central Coast Stadium
Kick off: 3.00pm AEDT