Central Coast boss McKinna expects teams to break away

Central Coast Mariners coach Lawrie McKinna is confident that the A-League table will not remain this close all season.

Central Coast Mariners coach Lawrie McKinna is confident that the A-League table will not remain this close all season.

At present, two points separates top from seventh, but McKinna think some teams will begin to break away as others will drop off the pace.

"At the start of the season maybe everyone got a little bit carried away with the Gold Coast but you get injuries, suspensions and things can change," McKinna said.

"Things are pretty even at the moment but I get the feeling that it won't stay that way all the way through.

"I think in the next month you will begin to see it change a bit and that a few of the teams will start to kick away a little bit while others drop off.

"Clearly we're hoping to be one of those teams that kicks away."

McKinna’s Mariners face arch rivals Sydney FC on Monday at Sydney Football Stadium and he expects another night contest.

"We've had some great games with Sydney FC since the A-League started. There have been some real nail-biters in there,” he added.

"We're looking forward to it. They have made a good start to the season as well. We know they have players that can hurt you but we're going there with confidence."