Central Coast, Wellington face battle to avoid wooden spoon

Central Coast, Wellington face battle to avoid wooden spoon
From ESPN - February 21, 2018

Struggling Central Coast still have 21 A-League points to play for and none more important than the three that could help them avoid a second wooden spoon in three years.

In ninth and on equal points with last-placed Wellington, the Mariners sorely need a bargain from Friday night's basement battle with the Phoenix in Gosford.

Winless in 11 games and fresh from conceding a two-goal lead against 10 men in Adelaide, Paul Okon's men will face frustrated Mariners fans who believed this season would mark a return to the finals.

While still a mathematical possibility, only a sharp turnaround will do the trick.

"Any game is an opportunity to end the winless streak," Okon said.

"But it's not because we are playing Wellington and they are level with us or below us, that it makes it any easier.

"It's a team that has had some good results of late ... we are preparing to play a Wellington team that's not where they are on the ladder."

To say the recent run of results has been disappointing is an understatement for a side boasting more experience than perceived and has pushed leaders Sydney FC to the brink.



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