The Central Coast Mariners are an improved outfit, they are playing better football and are inches away from the finals places despite losing late to Adelaide United on Thursday. However, there may be some glaring reasons for this if we look through some individual stats from the likes of Connor Pain and Andrew Hoole among others.
As it stands, the Central Coast club have scored eight times which is pretty much the A-League average, while the Newcastle Jets and Wellington Phoenix hold the benchmarks. Although, the Mariners really should be scoring more goals.
This season, Pain has played a total of six games and in that time he has had eight efforts on goal but scored just once. Hoole has played four times, had six shots and also scored just the sole goal. Daniel De Silva has been a bit of a revelation on his return to the A-League, but his goal output also needs to be improved. Like his teammates, De Silva has scored just once despite having a total of 12 shots in six matches.
With these three being some of the Mariners key attacking outlets their goal scoring capabilities are certainly on par with the price of avocados these days. The question marks don’t stop at their goal tallies either, because between the three of them there have only been four assists. Are these lower than what you expected or are we just clutching at non-existent straws? We decided to dig deeper and see if what we blabbering on about makes sense, and it seems to.
Newcastle Jets are easily the team to beat this season, and their main attacking force are tracking much better than that of the Mariners. Between Roy O’Donovan, Andrew Nabbout and Dimitri Petratos there have been 12 goals, and a total of 54 shots. That’s the sort of output you want from your attackers, and while the Central Coast aren’t getting near those numbers at the moment, it is the amount of goals they have scored in comparison that causes the real headache.
The Mariners have a stern test against Wellington Phoenix across the ditch next weekend, and it will be intriguing to see if they can spice up their attacking threat against an already spicy Kiwi crusaders.
— #CCMFC (@CCMariners) November 16, 2017