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Fatigue part of Mariners fadeouts: Mulvey

Central Coast have conceded a goal in the final three minutes of the match for the second straight A-League game in their loss to Melbourne Victory.

Fatigue part of Mariners fadeouts: Mulvey

Central Coast have conceded a goal in the final three minutes of the match for the second straight A-League game in their loss to Melbourne Victory.

Coach MIKE MULVEY of the Roar watches on during the A-League match between the Brisbane Roar and Adelaide United at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia.
Coach MIKE MULVEY of the Roar watches on during the A-League match between the Brisbane Roar and Adelaide United at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia. Picture:Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images

Central Coast coach Mike Mulvey admits fatigue is partly to blame for the fadeouts that have resulted in heartbreaking defeats in consecutive weeks.

The Mariners almost pulled off the upset of the A-League season when they held a two-goal lead over defending champions Melbourne Victory on Saturday.


However Mulvey's side conceded twice in the second half and, as they did last week, could only watch as the opposition stole all three points late in the contest.

A shattered Mulvey struggled to come to grips with yet another cruel defeat in what has been a disastrous season in Gosford.

"It's just a little numb and raw thinking about what happened in the second half," Mulvey said after the match.

The championship-winning coach pinned the result in their inability to deal with second-half substitute Elvis Kamsoba, and errors at critical moments.

However he also attributed their collapse to fatigue, having played on the road for four of their six matches in a jam-packed January.

"I ithink fatigue for sure. There's two ways that fatigue comes into the equation. One is January travel and games," Mulvey said.

"And maybe we run out a little bit gas towards the end."

Mulvey has a number of new players at his disposal for the final 10 games of the season, including Sheffield Shield duo Sam Graham and Stephon Mallon.

Former EPL defender Jem Karacan could also get more action after playing nearly 40 minutes in his club debut against the Victory.

However Mulvey insists winning will be the priority going forward.

"I told the players a month ago that I would do all I could to help them to bring some new faces in so that we could get an impetus for the run home," he said.

"(But) the number one thing is we want to win football games. It's not about, 'Are we going to test this player, that player'.

"The best team will play but we will give opportunities when it's deemed right."

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