Stajcic turns focus to City test

16 May 2021 17:25:37 GMTPlus10

Central Coast Mariners coach Alen Stajcic has set his sights on turning over Melbourne City after watching his side jump to second place on the A-League ladder.

The Mariners fantastic season continues to roll on after they defeated Newcastle 1-0 on Saturday to jump to second place on the ladder.

Central Coast are more used to picking up the wooden spoon than playing finals football and Stajcic says his players deserve plenty of credit.

"It's (sitting second is) just a massive rap to the players, to be able to achieve such an amazing accomplishment for our team and our club and for us to be this high this late in the year," Stajcic said after the game.

Central Coast showed their grit and determination to see off the Jets and Stajcic was delighted to see such character as they approach the business end of the season.

"We're going to need those qualities come finals time," he added. "There's going to be different times in matches where we're not going to be the better team and we have to find that resilience in the game."

Next up is a trip to the runaway leaders Melbourne City and Stajcic cannot wait to take them on.

"(It's) very exciting," he said. "I might be wrong here, but I'd overheard that we were supposed to play Melbourne City third or fourth in the pecking order and they requested this game earlier in the extra four games because they wanted to play us while they were at full strength with their Socceroos.

"So obviously they were a bit worried six or seven weeks ago, the fact that they wanted to play us first. So I can't wait to get down there and really give them a good contest."

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