After racing to a 2-0 lead the Central Coast Mariners had to settle for a 2-2 draw against Adelaide United at Coopers Stadium last Saturday night.
The Mariners were leading 2-0 in the 53rd minute and looked on course for just their fourth win of the season, but things turned bad and after some shaky defending, they eventually only managed to salvage a point against the Reds.
Adelaide were down to 10-men just 20 minutes into the match after Trent Buhagiar was brought down by Ersan Gulum with received a red card. But despite this Adelaide fought their way back into the match, scoring twice in the final half-hour to rescue a point.
After the match Mariners coach Paul Okon said he believed his side had lot to build and improve on. Remembering how to win may just the most important part.
“We lost some points here tonight,” Okon said.
“We had a two-goal lead and we had the chance when Hooley cut back to Trent (Buhagiar) with an open goal to make it 3-0 and probably the game’s over.
“2-0 is always a dangerous scoreline, Adelaide gained some momentum and we didn’t take advantage of having the extra man as much as we would have liked.
“We handed the ball over too much, it became a transition game which suits Adelaide. They are very much a team that waits for you to lose the ball and then they’re off. I think in the end they probably deserved their point.
“There are some positives. The fact that we had the two-goal lead, I thought when we used the ball well we were dangerous and threatening. Maybe in the end it’s because we haven’t won for a while, a bit of panic sets in, maybe we’ve forgotten how to win. All of those things start to creep in.”