Walmsley: Mariners must stop playing catch-up

Central Coast Mariners boss Tony Walmsley felt a slow start cost his side victory in Sunday’s clash with high-flying Western Sydney Wanderers.

Speaking after the 2-0 defeat with the Wanderers in Gosford, Walmsley conceded his side can’ continue playing catch-up if they want to be successful this season.

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“We can’t start games slowly in the A-League and only play for half a game and expect to get results,” the Mariners boss said.

“We have to be able to do what we did in the second half for 90 minutes and when we get that positive mentality for the whole game, we’re going to be hard to stop.

“There’s no pressure on the players other than the same pressure that’s on them every time they go out. They are in the public eye and they are urged to be bold.

“Slowly we’ll reach a point where the first win will give everyone a lift and extra belief that’s required.”

The result means the Mariners remain in eighth spot on the ladder with just five points, six points outside the top six.

After an opening day win over Perth Glory, the club has now gone seven games without picking up a victory.

Injuries haven’t helped their cause, especially in attack with wingers Fabio Ferreira and Mitch Austin both missing Sunday’s clash.

“With Fab we’re making sure we won’t rush him back,” Walmsley said of Ferreira.

“Thursday’s [game against Melbourne City] too soon but we’ve got Perth away and he should be good [for that game]

“Austin will be back Thursday but we lose Monty [skipper Nick Montgomery] now he’s suspended so Harry Ascroft is good to come back in.

“We’re stretched a little bit but we’ll put a good side out to try and get the win.”

Walmsley also paid tribute to his central defenders for their performance in the first half to keep the Wanderer scoreless.

“The two centre backs, [Jacob] Poscoliero and [Jake] McGing worked incredibly hard to cover each other,” he said.

“One of them stepping in to deal with Mitch [Nichols] and the other one staying up top.

“They had their hands full…I was so proud of them at half-time. To come in 0-0 was unbelievable. We needed more quality going forward.”