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Central Coast's Vukovic eyeing more clean sheets

Central Coast Mariners goalkeeper Danny Vukovic is keen to rack up more clean sheets this season as he looks to set himself a new target.

The 24-year old shot-stopper currently has eight beside his name which has equalled his record that he notched up in 2007/08 when the Mariners made the A-League Grand Final and does not want to stop there.

"It's equalled a record for me from two seasons ago, I had eight clean sheets in 20 games, so it's good to get 8 clean sheets in 16, and I'll be looking to get as many more as I can throughout the rest of the season," said Vukovic.

Vukovic was the key reason his side was able to keep a clean sheet against the Perth Glory on Friday night and he was delighted to help the team in such a big way.

"It's good to help the team out with saves at points in the game, and to keep a clean sheet and make two good saves in the game was rewarding," he added.

"It was a game which could have gone either way at the end. They probably had the better chances, but we also had a few.

"For this week against the Gold Coast we will look to create a few more chances, and we're confident we can go there and get the win."

Vukovic added that the Mariners had finally found ways to either win or draw games they usually wouldn't which has held them in good stead so far this season and has given them a good chance of finishing in a good position come finals time.

"Games where in the past we probably would have lost, we have held on, not conceded and managed to draw. That's a positive sign, and they are the types of games you need to be getting at least a point out of," he said.

"For a realistic shot at the title we want to finish either first or second, if you do you get a second chance if you don't win the first game.

"We're in a good position, if we win against the Gold Coast, and with Sydney slipping up (last week against Newcastle), we just need to worry about Melbourne, now, they are six points clear of us, and if we keep dropping points they'll probably skip too far ahead.

"We're in the mix and sitting where we want to be."

Andrew Slevison
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