Mariners wary of dangerous Wellington

Central Coast Mariners striker Matt Simon knows that this weekend’s match against Wellington will be no push over.

Central Coast Mariners striker Matt Simon knows that this weekend’s match against Wellington will be no push over.

Although the Phoenix sit second bottom on the table, their recent form of a win over Sydney FC and an away draw at Newcastle bodes well for the Mariners clash and Simon is aware of their capabilities.

“They are a very dangerous side especially with Smeltzy (Shane Smeltz). He’s up the top of the goal scoring chart,” he said.

“They’ll come and probably try and get a point out of the game, we’ve just got to attack and play our normal game and be up for it.”

The Mariners almost pulled off a minor miracle in the their last A-League encounter when they came from well down to clinch an important away draw against Adelaide United and Simon pointed out that this being a home game was crucial to the club’s finals chances.

“It was a good result against Adelaide, coming back from three-nil down so we’ll try and top that with a win,” he added.

“If you win all your home games you will end up around the mark at the end of the season so it’s important to win all your home games.”

The fourth-placed Mariners have an embarrassment of riches at present with competition for spots heating up, in particular the jostling for the goalkeeping position between Mark Bosnich, Danny Vukovic and Andrew Redmayne, but Simon had his own mini rivalries to worry abot.

“Sasho’s (Petrovski) doing really well, he makes my job a lot easier up there and Dylan (Macallister), we saw against Queensland that he can score some quality goals and Merj (Nick Mrdja) played on the weekend with the youth team. He’s getting back to full fitness and everyone knows when Merj is playing he scores goals so the competition is hot for the spots which is good for the team.”

The Central Coast Mariners take on the Wellington Phoenix this Sunday at Bluetongue Stadium.

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