Can Central Coast be ‘good’ if they don’t score?

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    Daniel De Silva still has faith in his Central Coast squad ahead of their clash against Adelaide, despite their lack of goals this season.

    He states that his side plays very good football, however, they often lack the cutting edge.

    De Silva’s statement might be true, as the Mariners have some very good lead up play, but some people find it puzzling how a ‘team’ can be ‘very good’ if they often miss their opportunities.

    Central Coast are currently last, with a tricky clash against the fourth-placed Adelaide United, which they have lost their last three encounters against, by only one goal.

    Fortunately for them, Adelaide have the lowest conversion rate in the A-League, (10 per cent), despite scoring more goals (22). However, the reason that Adelaide are fourth despite struggling to score goals is because they have only conceded 23 so far.

    Does this mean that the Mariners’ defence has a responsibility for the Mariners sitting ninth, not only blaming the offense?

    Despite sitting tenth on the table, not everything has gone for the Mariners. The Mariners played some fantastic football in their past two encounters against Sydney FC, and deserved two better results than they were credited for.

    They also thrashed Wellington 4-1 in a dominant display against the bottom team, as well as Daniel De Silva and Blake Powell doing a fantastic one-two, meaning Central Coast were deservedly victorious against Perth Glory, 1-0.

    That one-two was in Round 9, however, and Central Coast hasn’t been able to win a game since then. Besides, Daniel De Silva has been less effective since November.

    However, Central Coast’s midfield is a place which has a lot of depth, with experienced Wout Brama, Tom Hiariej, Connor Pain and Andrew Hoole, and with more young, inexperienced and talented Liam Rose, Daniel De Silva, Adam Berry, Lachlan Wales.

    Up the front there used to be four players who could play as a central forward, Kwabena Appiah, Asdrubal Padron, Josh Bingham or Blake Powell, with none delivering much.

    However, the sudden departures of Appiah and Asdrubal left only Josh Bingham and Blake Powell as central strikers and new signing, Peter Skapetis, and two of the three haven’t delivered.

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      February 18th 2018 @ 2:30am
      That A-League Fan said | February 18th 2018 @ 2:30am | ! Report

      Besides, this was written today right before Central Coasts’ match against Adelaide, but after the match between Wellington and the Glory.

    • February 18th 2018 @ 12:25pm
      Waz said | February 18th 2018 @ 12:25pm | ! Report

      Mariners are unfortunately one of the con-jobs of this season and sadly, this is one of the outcomes of a salary capped league.

      Let’s just say it for what it is – they are a poor side, playing poorly and in a race for the wooden spoon.

      Da Silva is just one of many disappointing players and it’s easy to see his careeer imploding from here on unless something changes at Mariners.

      The only fix for this kind of mediocrity is relegation. The sooner that’s introduced the better.

      • February 19th 2018 @ 12:08pm
        Melange said | February 19th 2018 @ 12:08pm | ! Report

        Good analysis Waz. Relegation and non salary capped leagues don’t have teams playing poorly or mediocrity? I’m all for pro / rel, but this myth being bandied about that it cures mediocrity is tiring. I don’t believe any teams out of the established top 4-6 in the biggest leagues in the world believe they can win the competition. If you want poor teams and mediocrity just watch any Allardyce/Moyes coached teams! Based on the 9-10 games i’ve Watched them play this season, CCM have the potential to be an extremely good team, unfortunately they can’t afford a proven striker. Hopefully Skapetis gets a chance to start soon.

    • February 19th 2018 @ 8:32am
      j,binnie said | February 19th 2018 @ 8:32am | ! Report

      If it is remembered the main aim of the game of football is to score goals, Can any team performance that negates that aim totally ever be described as playing “good” football?.
      It is of course a matter of opinion,for it appears there are people around who nowadays marry “good” football with “possession” football, this despite the fact that if playing this type of game for 90 minutes and ending up without “netting” the ball week in,week out, they will finish bottom of the league by season’s end. Think about it. Cheers jb.

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