Mariners confidence still intact: Okon

Oct 29, 2017 - 5:35 PM Central Coast coach Paul Okon is adamant the Mariners' belief and confidence haven't wavered despite them still searching for a win after four A-League rounds.

The Gosford-based club briefly looked set to break their drought when Connor Pain put them ahead at home against his former team Melbourne Victory on Sunday.

Victory equalised but the Mariners came home strong, twice hitting the post.

Okon felt it was probably their most complete performance of the season.

The point kept them above last-placed Brisbane Roar.

"The confidence and belief hasn't wavered, everyone is on board," Okon said.

"We know that first win will come but we want to make sure that we keep performing and we keep working hard."

The Mariners have conceded a league-worst 10 goals, though Sunday's match was their first in which they let in less than two.

"We've had some moments in games where we've made some bad decisions and that's cost us defensively," Okon said.

"But I think throughout our four games the defence most of the time has done it's job, certainly tonight.

Okon was pleased with the performance of Pain, who in addition to scoring also hit the post and did a good job defensively.

"His work rate was great, (Jason) Geria hardly got forward," Okon said.

"That was always in the back of our minds trying to stop Jason getting forward, he likes to overlap and Painy had a job to do.

"Not only when he had the ball, but also when we didn't have the ball and can be really proud of his performance."

Fullback Storm Roux came off just before haftime after being kicked on an ankle he had previously broken and Okon said he hoped the injury wasn't too bad.

"Storm has been selected to play for New Zealand, so he's not available for us for the next two games, but we hope that he's healthy and that he can travel and represent his country," Okon said.

Source: AAP

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