Mariners - the quiet achievers

DON'T try to tell Central Coast Mariners' coach Lawrie McKinna his team's 3-0 win over A-League leaders Gold Coast United was an act of “giant-killing”.

Instead, McKinna feels the surprise greeting their emphatic win is simply a reflection of the lack of credit the Mariners have received since the competition began.

“We don't usually get any credit anyway, so we just go about our business,” he said yesterday.

“What it (the win) has done is probably made a few people realise Gold Coast are beatable, that's twice in three weeks they've been beaten.”

McKinna, who has coached the Mariners since the inception of the A-League, has long struggled to get his club recognised in the face of higher-profile opponents.

Despite making two grand finals in five seasons and only missing the finals once in that time, the Mariners are still considered minors in the competition, even more so with cashed-up Gold Coast and Perth flexing their financial muscle this season.

With victories over Melbourne, Perth and Gold Coast all in the bag this season, McKinna says the challenge for his men is to maintain form. Next up is ninth-placed Wellington and then bottom side North Queensland Fury.

“I think we deserve to have a couple more points than we actually have,” McKinna said.

“We've got two games against two of the lower teams on the table in the next two weeks to finish the first round.”

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