Their record against Brisbane is far from desirable, but Central Coast stalwart Josh Rose says only the ends need tying up in order to dismantle the A-League's second-placed side.
A first win since round one would be perfect timing for Rose, who is set to play his 150th match for the Mariners at Central Coast Stadium on Sunday.
The 34-year-old, based in Gosford since 2010, said the mostly youthful squad were staying positive despite conceding a league-high 23 goals this season on a nine-match winless run that has them rooted to the foot of the table.
The poor results come amid reports this week that some players will be free to leave during the January transfer window because of unpaid superannuation, while there's talk coach Tony Walmsley's much-vaunted but largely unfruitful attacking style appears to have split the dressing room.
Rose kept his comments to business on the field, where he said little mistakes were letting down promising play.
"When it comes down to business we need to get stuck in a little bit more and just work together as a team, get that structure right in defence and attack," Rose said.
"And just get those little crucial moments back going our way instead of the other team's."
Defenders Jake McGing and Jacob Poscoliero are both back in the fold to shore up defence, meaning Rose should be free to play in the left-back role again against the Roar's blistering attack.
"They're a great team, they're playing some top football," Rose said.
"Young Jamie Maclaren up front is very dangerous so we're going to have to be on our toes."