After the 2-0 semi-final loss to Queensland Roar, Central Coast Mariners coach Lawrie McKinna admits his side performed poorly. The Mariners task to progress through to the preliminary final is a very difficult one as they are down two goals and the Roar have an away advantage.
McKinna was realistic about the night's outcome but remained positive about his sides future in this year's finals campaign.
"It was a bad night at the office, I thought we started off well and put them under a lot of pressure in the first half," said McKinna.
"We felt as though we were very, very comfortable in the first half and we went in 1-0 down against the run of play and I'm sure we had a lot more chances.
"Coming out for the second half, we were quite confident that we could get back in the game, we gave away a penalty, and there's no complaints, it was a penalty - credit to Queensland, they've come away from home, scored two good goals and they're in the box seat.
"We can still qualify, but on our second half performance tonight, no we can't," added McKinna.
"We need to go up to Suncorp Stadium and we need to score first, if we score first anything can happen, as we proved against Newcastle last year.
"But we can't afford to go up there and start charging at them, because if we cop a goal we'll be gone, we have to be patient and go at them and get that belief back in the team."