Central Coast Mariners head coach Mike Mulvey says he will now discover just how determined his side are after they claimed their first win of the season against Melbourne City.
Matt Simon handed the home side their first victory in almost a year with a late goal, tapping home the rebound after Eugene Galekovic saved his initial penalty.
Now with the weight off their shoulders, Mulvey says he hopes his players and hungrier for even more success.
“For me it’s a win and it’s important that we’ve had a kill, if you like by winning, so we’ve tasted it,” Mulvey told his post-match press conference.
“Now we want to find out how hungry we are to get more.
“I’ve said for the last few weeks that if we had of kept 11 on the field against Sydney, 11 on the field against (Wellington Phoenix), we would have won those games or gone close to winning those games.
“At the end of the day someone will be saying ‘you actually got beaten in the end’.
“We did in the end, but we kept turning up. Players turned up and they got their just rewards today.”
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Despite the poor form his side has shown over the season, Mulvey insisted his side’s spirit has never disappeared.
“They showed it against Wellington last week, they showed it in the first 25 minutes against Sydney the week before,” he said.
“We’ve shown it in patches. Even tonight we had a 20-minute period where Melbourne City got on top and Warren’s probably thinking how the hell didn’t they get a draw out of it, at least with the pressure they put us under.
“But we withstood it. (I’m) very disappointed with the goal we conceded, which put us under extreme pressure for the last 20 minutes, but the response was fantastic.”