Ahead of the toughest schedule in the A-League summer of football, Central Coast fullback Storm Roux, says the Mariners can get their season back on track against Melbourne Victory tomorrow night.
Over the next four days, second from bottom Mariners, play two top four opponents.
Tomorrow night, Paul Okon’s men face an in-form Melbourne Victory (third) and then it’s back to the Central Coast to face the challenge of Tim Cahill’s Melbourne City (fourth) for their annual NYE game.
While the odds are against the Mariners who are winless in their previous three fixtures, Roux believes the Gosford side can celebrate the New Year period in style.
“It’s a tough couple of games, very tough, against two great sides,” said the 23-year-old. “We are playing Victory away and then we got our New Year’s Eve game against City where we always draw a big crowd.
“Hopefully can get some good results for our fans. They will come in a bunch and help us out by being our 12th man. We just need to pay them back by getting three points.”
While Victory are undefeated in the previous five games, the Mariners have only won once in their last six, but Roux feels they can defy their recent form and cause an upset.
“All we need is one game, one result and we can build on that and get our confidence back up,” he said.
“Results haven’t come our way which is always going to frustrate the team and get the boys a bit disappointed, but we are mentally strong and we believe in what Paul Okon is implementing in our team.
"As long as we can come away with a win, hopefully that it will open the flood gates and we get some points from that.”
Roux was unable to give a reason why Central Coast are in a mini slump but was keen to point out that the Mariners have still been playing good football.
“It’s hard to put your finger on it,” he said. “We are still having patches in the game where we are controlling possession.
"The stats show that, so, it’s just about converting them into chances. We have to perform for 90 minutes straight which we are not doing at the moment.
"Lapses in concentration are costing us goals. You just can’t do that at this level so hopefully we can stamp them out of our game and we can work on turning our possession into an end product.”