Central Coast Mariners not thinking about the table ahead of basement battle

Central Coast Mariners not thinking about the table ahead of basement battle


Central Coast Mariners boss Paul Okon is refusing to look at the table ahead of his side’s meeting with bottom-placed Brisbane Roar on Sunday.

The Mariners visit Suncorp Stadium on the weekend, a venue where they have not won since April 2014.

Central Coast are on a nine-game losing run against the Roar but have the chance to elongate their hosts’ winless streak.

Brisbane are 10th on one point, just behind Central Coast on two.

“We’re not looking at the ladder, we know that Brisbane at Suncorp … is traditionally, for the Mariners, a tough place to go and win,” Okon said at a media conference.

“They’re very strong at home … (even though) they still haven’t won.

“I think they’ll take a lot of confidence from certainly their second half performance against Wellington.

“When you’re down 3-0 after half an hour and come back and draw the game 3-3, it doesn’t seem like a draw.

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“That’ll seem like a win for them and they took their first point.

“(It’s) a difficult task for us, but we’re hopeful that if we play our football and be better in those key moments, then we give ourselves a chance of winning.”

The Mariners lost full-back Storm Roux on the stroke of half time through injury against Melbourne Victory, but the New Zealand international is in an extended squad and could feature.

Okon said he would not take any risks with Roux, who is still on the mend following a horror knee and ankle injury.

“It wasn’t a serious injury, we knew that at the time,” he explained.

“But it was in an area where Storm has had some issues. We didn’t want to take any risks.

“If he’s available for Sunday, that’s great.”