The Central Coast Mariners’ solidarity will propel a rapid recovery from a rare A-League lean stretch, coach Phil Moss says.
The Mariners’ title defence appears in tatters, with three losses in a row coming amid a forced rebuild of the club.
Coaches and players have departed for various reasons during a bumpy season which took another bad turn on Friday night when beaten 2-0 by Adelaide United.
Central Coast have just one win from their past six games but still hold fourth spot with eight matches remaining.
“It’s not something we’re used to,” Moss said of the bleak period.
“But as I have said all along, it’s a rebuilding at the club. And we have to accept that we’re going to go through a tough spell.
“We have bought some quality in the transfer window but we have lost a lot of quality as well.”
Moss said the instability “rocks your consistency”.
“We have to fight. And myself and my staff will work … to turn this around,” he said.
“I know I have got a bunch on players with a lot of pride in their performance, both individually and collectively.
“We’re all on the same page.
“The one thing we do have at the club despite players and coaches coming and going this season is solidarity.
“And while you have got that, and you have got players that are prepared to run through brick walls for each other, then you have got a hope.”
The Mariners were never in the hunt against an impressive Adelaide United, who surged to third spot with only one defeat from their past 10 matches.
“They (Adelaide) are playing a great brand of football … they’re a great side; they really are,” Moss said.
“You would have to say they’re real contenders now.
“They have got experience at the back. They have got a fantastic goalkeeper. And they have got players in the frontline who can hurt you in the blink of an eye.
“And if you look at the depth they have got coming off the bench as well, they have got real danger.”