McKinna: Belief was always there

An elated Central Coast coach Lawrie McKinna said his players never lost belief they could get back in the game after Sydney FC had taken an apparent stranglehold on their Hyundai A-League clash with a 3-0 lead in the second half.

An elated Central Coast coach Lawrie McKinna said his players never lost belief they could get back in the game after Sydney FC had taken an apparent stranglehold on their Hyundai A-League clash with a 3-0 lead in the second half.

"The boys believe in each other. I believe in the boys and when you create so many chances goals have to come," McKinna said after the match.

"It was not a fluke [we came back]. We were devastated to be down 2-0 because we dominated most of the first half."

"Like the Adelaide game [the Round 7 comeback for 3-3] we felt as though we could go and get it."

"We were probably a wee disappointed we couldn't have gone and got a winner."

In just 18 minutes, the Mariners turned the game on its head with two goals from Matt Simon and one to substitute Nik Mrdja late in the second stanza.

McKinna heaped praise on his two-goal hero who did not find the net last season.

"This year he's come back from the Olyroos and it's probably given him the confidence to do it at this level," McKinna said of Simon.

"And most defenders in the league hate playing against him because he has an all-action style. And he has got a good touch."

"It's just rewards for a guy who gave up work for nine months to pursue his dream."

The 22-year-old Simon, with seven goals now in the Hyundai A-League, said he's targeted double figures this season.

"Last year I was pretty happy with my season, I just would've liked to have a few more goals or one goal," he said with a smile.

"But I always knew I could score goals and the gaffer knew that as well and showed a bit of faith in me."

"And I'm very happy to repay that faith now."