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Forward thinking buoys Mariners

  • Forward thinking buoys Mariners

Central Coast have already earned themselves a reputation as the A-League's swashbucklers, and Nick Fitzgerald says it's only a matter of time before they become winners as well.

Midfielder Fitzgerald was handed a red card in the Mariners' last-out loss to Sydney FC, when they were sunk by two late goals to former teammate Matt Simon.

It was the latest defeat in a misfiring campaign thus far, with defeats to Brisbane, Melbourne City and Sydney FC offset by a sole win over Perth Glory.

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But no one is accusing the Mariners of being an eyesore, with no team's matches contributing more goals to the league than the attack-minded side.

The results are yet to turn their way but Fitzgerald, 23, said both the players and supporters knew it was only a matter of time.

"Our combination play is one of the best in the league," he said.

"The fans will love watching it, they know what we're about and they know it will come, it's only round four, the competition isn't won at this stage."

Fitzgerald's dismissal, when a clumsy effort on Milos Dimitirijevic brought a second yellow card, meant his teammates were forced to play the ladder-leaders for 50 minutes a man down.

The former Brisbane Roar man said the aftermath of the incident reinforced to him the closeness of the squad under Tony Walmsley.

"I feel guilty we didn't get the result in the end ... you feel like it's a weight on your shoulders," he said on Wednesday.

"I almost had to switch my phone off on Saturday night, the amount of text messages I got from the boys saying keep your head up.

"The fact that they pulled me in to make your I'm alright just shows how great this club is.

"I think we can do something this year because of this culture."

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