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Central Coast Mariners coach Alen Stajcic has actually required more local clubs in the A-League after his young side continued to defy expectations and stay leading of the standings with a win over Melbourne City.

The Mariners displayed their new-found strength to come from 2-0 down after 30 minutes and record a 3-2 victory over the ambitious City on Wednesday in Gosford.

It follows a win over champs Sydney FC a fortnight back and leaves the Mariners – wooden spooners in each of the previous 3 seasons – three points clear at the top after 6 rounds.

It was a psychological evening for the Mariners with Gosford-local Matt Simon celebrating his 200th trip for the club and netting the equaliser from the penalty area.

Stajcic states the Mariners, the only expert club in the region, have actually assisted the video game flourish in your area.

” The A-League needs regional clubs, we need growth, we require more clubs that are going to touch communities like the Central Coast, like Newcastle,” he said.

” The more neighborhoods that are touched by the A-League and football can have an existence there, the more our sport is going to grow.

” Regional clubs are the lifeline of the A-League. We can only have numerous clubs in capital cities and for us to grow and prosper as a sport we require to reach as lots of people across Australia as we can.

” We are a crucial club in the A-League. Nobody listened when we were on the bottom and all of a sudden we (now) have a voice.”

With 4 wins from their first six getaways, the Mariners stay on track for their mentioned objective of Asian Champions League credentials.

” In all 6 matches we might have got a win,” said Stajcic. “The two we lost we ought to have got at least a point.

” We are in a good vein of form and you can see the confidence growing around the group. We are growing and progressing every day.

” However eventually we are just six rounds in and they do not offer trophies after 6 rounds.”

Central Coast will have an opportunity to extend their winning type against Western United in the house on Sunday.

” We entered (against Melbourne City) attempting to use as much pressure on them as we could and simply back ourselves, and a nearly absolutely nothing to lose attitude,” Stajcic stated.

” This confidence and belief is something we will be seeking to take throughout the whole year.”