Mulvey: We won’t lose twice

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Mike Mulvey has declared Brisbane Roar won’t lose their A-League Semi Final despite being beaten 2-0 by Central Coast Mariners at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday night.

Roar were unable to find a way past a dogged and disciplined Mariners after the visitors scored twice in the opening half hour, enough to secure them third spot on the A-League ladder.

“We won’t lose two on the trot at home,” Mulvey said.

“It’s very difficult to keep that aggressive intensity when you know there’s no real reward at the end of the night.

“That’s out of our system now.”

Though Mulvey praised the wider work of his opposite number, he believed his side accepted greater responsibility in a footballing sense.

“I want to give Phil Moss a lot of credit because I think he’s done a great job at Central Coast Mariners,” he said.

“However … I don’t want to seem like I’m criticising but it’s a lot easier to spoil than create. That’s what they came to do tonight.

“Very clinically they got us on the counter attack and if you watch football from all over the world that’s a classic snatch and grab situation.”

Moss, meanwhile, praised his players for impeccably executing their game plan as goals from Nick Fitzgerald and Anthony Caceras secured the result.

“I guess probably as close to perfect as you can get in a football game of 94 minutes,” the Mariners coach said of his side’s performance.

“I came in on Tuesday morning and outlined the way I wanted to play against Brisbane this week and it wasn’t about Brisbane, it was about us.

“We’re in two competitions and we need to be adaptable.”

Central Coast regularly funnelled the premiers into central areas before breaking with speed, frustrating Roar in the two teams’ final match of the regular season.

“We believe we nullified their strengths and exploited their weaknesses,” Moss said.

“That was the plan coming into the game, that’s the plan coming into every game.

“Everyone pulled their weight and we head into the finals with a lot of confidence.”

Despite the loss, Mulvey believed Roar weren’t far from their best as they begin preparing for the knockout finals series.

“We were just a few degrees off tonight and that won’t take much fixing,” the Brisbane boss said.

“But we’ve got two weeks of hard work, meticulous planning, preparation and we’ll come out firing [against] whoever we’re playing in the semi-final.”

Matt Dorman

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