Mariners search for goals

They have the second worst attacking record of any team in the top six but Central Coast striker Adam Kwasnik believes the goals will start to flow for the misfiring Mariners.

They have the second worst attacking record of any team in the top six but Central Coast striker Adam Kwasnik believes the goals will start to flow for the misfiring Mariners.

Kwasnik knows he and his strike partners are under enormous pressure to start finding the back of the net on a more consistent basis.

And Kwasnik believes a return to the scene one of the club's best performances of the season on Saturday night could prove just the tonic.

The fourth-placed Mariners take on high flying Melbourne at Etihad Stadium. The Mariners beat Melbourne 2-0 when they met at the ground in round one.

Kwasnik said the club's attacking players love the enormous challenge of taking on Melbourne's strong defensive unit, especially in front of a vocal crowd.

"We'll go down there confident,'' Kwasnik said.

"They've got quality across the park but we know when we play well we can beat them. We got a lot of confidence from a win against them earlier in the season.''

As far as the club's lack of goals Kwasnik believes better days are ahead.

"It's been frustrating because it's our job to score goals,'' Kwasnik said.

"But we're working hard at training so I think it's jut a matter of time.''

Mariners coach Lawrie McKinna agrees.

McKinna confirmed on Wednesday he would persist with Kwasnik and Matt Simon up front with Nik Mrdja to come off the bench at Etihad Stadium.

"The understanding between Kwasnik and Simon is getting better, I think that partnership has goals in it,'' McKinna said.

Simon looked frustrated at times against Adelaide last week, while Kwasnik had limited chances in what was a dour contest.

A more open affair is likely against Melbourne.