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Mariners were better than Sydney: Okon

New Mariners coach Paul Okon agrees individual errors cost his team against Sydney FC
New Mariners coach Paul Okon agrees individual errors cost his team against Sydney FC
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Coach Paul Okon insists Central Coast dominated Sydney FC, adamant individual errors were the reason their 4-0 pummelling was not a victory.

The Mariners were improved and threatened to score more than once at Allianz Stadium on Saturday, but self-destructed against a ruthless Sky Blues outfit sitting top of the table thanks to two consecutive four-goal hauls.

It leaves last season's wooden-spooners with one point from two matches after last weekend's dramatic 3-3 draw with Perth.

While admitting individual errors cost his team heavily, Okon was more focused on what went right under his new possession-based style.

He noted the Mariners' 65 per cent share of possession without mentioning that they struggled to breach Sydney's goal third.

"We were the better side and I challenge anyone to disagree with me," Okon said.

"I don't think the style of football cost us four goals tonight, we should have scored a couple of goals.

"It's the way I want to play, to come here and dominate Sydney and play the way we want to, I'm happy with the team.

"Of course, if you're going to make schoolboy errors against any opposition, let alone a team that's in form, you're going to concede goals."

No mistake was more cringe-worthy than that of former Sydney goalkeeper Ivan Necevski.

On his first return to his old home ground, the 36-year-old fumbled Mickey Neill's throw-in and offered the ball up for Alex Brosque to slot home a fourth goal.

The Mariners now face a daunting few weeks, with games against pacesetters Brisbane, Western Sydney and Adelaide.

But Okon was unflinching in his belief that his philosophy will soon bear fruits.

"Everyone's opinion is it's the Mariners of old," he said.

"The focus goes on the four goals and not on our style of play.

"That's my vision and it ain't going to change.

"I'm confident we will win football games, we just need to be more resilient."

Jacob Poscoliero is set to spend a week or two on the sidelines with a quad issue.

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