Pain: Central Coast Mariners still pushing for top six finish

Pain: Central Coast Mariners still pushing for top six finish

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Connor Pain believes that Central Coast Mariners need to end the 2016-17 season on a high note.

Paul Okon’s side remain in ninth spot on the A-League ladder and eight points away from the top six, winning just once in their last five outings.

Recent results have done little to dent the team’s confidence according to Pain, however, who claims that the Mariners have not given up hope of playing in the finals.

“We’re feeling really positive,” he told the media.

“We need some results to go our way, but if we keep playing in the way we have been playing surely results will change.

“At the moment we’ve got a chance of making the finals and we’ve got to make sure we do everything we can.

“We still believe as a group that we can make it, and until that’s mathematically impossible we’ll keep fighting until the end.”

Nearing the end of his first regular season in Gosford, the 23-year-old claims that working in Okon’s system has helped him become a more versatile player than he was at Melbourne Victory.

“It’s a lot more technical then you might imagine here,” said Pain.

“We’re developing a game into where some wingers are coming inside and occupying pockets as well, so I think in a way that’s sort of developed my game – coming inside and getting the ball in pockets rather than up and down the line where I was predominantly used at Victory.

“So I think I’ve learned just as much here.”

The Mariners host an Adelaide side who themselves have found some recent momentum, and Pain says this will be a do-or-die outing in terms of their finals hopes.

“We’ve had a couple games in the last couple weeks that we really would have liked to get points from,” he added.

“Our push for the six is still on, so every game from now until the end of the season is a grand final for us.”

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