Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Mariners Have the Desire but Need Wins

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Mariners Have the Desire but Need Wins

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PAUL Okon likes his team's desire but says the Central Coast Mariners must cut out mistakes if they are to move away from the bottom of the A-League.

Only tonight's opponents in Wellington, the Phoenix, are below them, but the Mariners have upset the likes of Sydney this season already.

Okon says his side has got into good positions - it has led in six of the seven games in which there has been a goal - but has thrown those away on occasions.

The Mariners have won only once and the coach said that had to change.

"I think it's a combination of many things," Okon said.

"It's certainly not a lack of desire. I can't fault the players on that.

"When you are winning the game, the opposition is always going to maybe take a few risks and lift intensity.

"At times we haven't dealt with that, we've forced things and probably been our own worst enemy. …

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