Central Coast Mariners coach Phil Moss declared himself very satisfied after his side drew 0-0 with Wanderers on Wednesday night in Sydney and hit back at rumours of disunity within the camp.
“We built another block from what we’ve done over the last week. This is our fourth game in 11 days and we kept a clean sheet, which was a real objective of ours tonight,” he said after the game.
In a clash that rarely scaled the heights, both sides had chances to take all three points but the ball just wouldn’t go in the back of the net.
Moss said his side created at least four great chances to score.
“I thought the belief was there tonight. We just need to find the back of the net.”
The Mariners boss admitted his side had failed to find consistent performances this season.
He challenged his team before the Wanderers game to come up with a 90 minute performance and he felt he got it at Wanderland.
“Tonight in both halves we gave as good as we got. I’m really proud of the boys. It’s a hard place to come.”
Moss also hit back at speculation that all was not well inside the Mariners camp, describing those rumours as “scurrilous”.
He pointed to wild celebrations by the players after John Hutchinson scored a dramatic final minute equaliser in Melbourne against City on the weekend as an example of the unity.
And the Wanderers match was another example of that, he said.
“Everyone saw a unified football team go out on the park tonight and fight tooth and nail for each other," he said.
Moss added that the future of unsettled import Malick Mane will be decided one way or another in the next few days.
“He’s got some issues away from the field with his family in Senegal and we’re helping him through that."
Mane wasn't selected for the Wanderers game.
“He’s not in the right place at the moment to play football but the club are certainly helping him manage the situation," added Moss.