Mariners out to end another bad streak

Adrian Warren
Keeper Mark Birighitti helped the Mariners end their streak of no clean sheets

They've got one statistical gorilla off their back and now Central Coast are aiming to get rid of another as they try to build A-League momentum for the first time in six seasons.

A 1-0 home win over Western United on Sunday enabled the Gosford-based side to keep their first clean sheet in 39 games stretching back to February 2018.

The Mariners have gone even longer since notching A-League successive wins, last achieving the feat almost two years ago in December 2017.

They can tick that box if they beat the Roar in Brisbane next Saturday.

The win over United rocketed them five places up the ladder from last to sixth and lifted them above glamour sides Melbourne Victory and Perth Glory.

They have won two games, just one less than in all of last season.

After successive wooden spoons and three in the last four seasons, the Mariners aren't getting ahead of themselves but nor are they discounting a first finals appearance since 2013-14.

"You don't want to get too carried away and hopefully by the end of the season we have enough wins to play finals football. That would be massive for the club," goalkeeper Mark Birighitti said.

He said coach Alen Stajcic had given players confidence.

"Everyone wants to play for him. He's just a fantastic guy, he knows how to win games," said Birighiitti, who pulled off a series of fine saves on Sunday to secure the long-awaited clean sheet.

"Hopefully plenty more to come because us goalkeepers and the back four pride ourselves on clean sheets,"' he said.

The 28-year-old custodian is enjoying his opportunities at the Mariners after being parked on the Melbourne City bench last season behind Eugene Galekovic having not played a single senior game.

"I've got nothing against the playing group at Melbourne City, a great bunch of boys there but just disappointing the way the club handled things from the coaching staff and from behind the scenes," Birighitti said.

"But I don't want to go into it in depth. I've found a fresh start here at the Central Coast.

"I'm just in a really good head space at the moment, I'm enjoying my football more than ever."