Gold Coast assistant rubbishes defensive claims

Gold Coast United assistant Mike Mulvey has rubbished any talk that the club is constantly going out to defend.

Gold Coast United assistant Mike Mulvey has rubbished any talk that the club is constantly going out to defend.

This season’s United outfit have played out six draws and scored just nine goals in 10 matches so far, drawing plenty of criticism from various pundits.

But Mulvey says that talk of the team going out to not attack is nonsense.

“In every match we play our intention is to attack, score goals and go for the three points,” he said.

“Against Melbourne Heart last Saturday we had a good chance in the first half when Joel Porter crossed for Bruce Djite to get a shot away. If that had gone in then it would have been a different story - in football you deal with fine margins all the time.”

Mulvey was not really bothered by the comments, saying that good teams often begin with a stern defence.

“The very good news for us is that every successful team is built on solid defensive foundations and we certainly have that,” he added.

“All teams have things they need to work on and we’re the same. This week on the training field we will be working on some elements of our play that we can improve upon.

“Our philosophy is to play attacking football whenever we can, but if a few things aren’t going as we would hope then it would be ridiculous for us to open the game completely and make ourselves vulnerable – then we could cop a couple of goals need to score three to win a game.

“We are very confident that we have the players here to get back into the winning groove and I’m sure we will have a little bit of luck go our way as well, because you do need that in football from time to time.”

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