Mariners look for some A-League control

Oct 31, 2017 - 6:57 AM Central Coast captain Alan Baro says the Mariners must look to control A-League games more after they score, as they look to break their disturbing trend of giving up leads.

The winless Mariners have opened the scoring in each of their first four games and were twice a goal in front against Western Sydney, but were unable to win any of those matches.

The problem reared its ugly head again last Sunday at home to Melbourne Victory when the Mariners held the lead for just seven minutes.

They hit the woodwork twice after Victory equalised, but were again unable to get a much-needed win.

Spanish centre back Baro felt there was one crucial area of the game the Mariners need to work on.

"After the goal we maybe have to put a little bit more under control the situation, more under control the game," Baro said on Tuesday.

"Maybe this one is the point we have to improve, after we score, be more patient."

While the first four rounds have yielded just two points, Baro is adamant the Mariners are on the right path with their high-possession style.

'We completed a really good game in general terms on Sunday and was a little bit disappointed we didn't get the three points, but I think that's the way to play," he said.

The Mariners are ninth on the ladder and on Sunday are away to the only team below them, Brisbane Roar.

A loss would leave them bottom, but a win would give them a four-point break over the Queensland side.

"We are confident to go there and play our football style, we are really confident with the work we are doing,'" Baro said.

Source: AAP

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