Stajcic insists Mariners can improve further

Sun 14 February 2021 | 9:13

Central Coast Mariners are enjoying one of the best seasons of their history topping the table with 18 points, as many points as they accrued during their entire 26-match campaign last season.

Thanks to the goals from

Oliver Bozanic


Matt Simon



bagged their 6


league win of the season with a 2-0 victory over

Wellington Phoenix

, extending their lead in the table. They haven't won more than six matches in a season for seven years.

"I'm very pleased with the result because we know what a tough nut they (Wellington) are to crack and they are very well coached,"







"I thought Wellington started the better of the two teams, but we were coming back into it when the red card came, which obviously changed things a bit."

"A lot of things we did well today but there are a few areas that we can improve on,"

Stajcic added.

"The challenge now is what it always is - to improve on our deficiencies and keep improving our strengths.

"As good a performance as it was I still think there is quite a bit more scope to improve."

On the other end, the New Zealanders have now won just one of their six league matches. They ended the match without either of their centre-backs with

Josh Laws


Luke DeVere

both forced off through injury.

"Until the send-off I thought we were OK, and even then their opportunities came from our


said Phoenix coach




"We might have to adapt to the players we have available for the next game, but we have belief in what we are doing."

source: SportMob