Mariners: We'll be better next season

Central Coast Mariners defenders Eddy Bosnar and Storm Roux are confident the club will be better off next season despite their campaign finishing on a disappointing note.

The Mariners crashed out of the Asian Champions League last week with a late 1-0 loss to Sanfreece Hiroshima, and then were bundled out of the A-League finals 2-0 by Western Sydney Wanderers.

It was a bitter end to the campaign for the 2012-2013 grand final winners, who had turned their year around after the departure of coach Graham Arnold and several key players overseas.

Bosnar said the four-day period of two massive games went by fast.

“It was a great victory on the Saturday versus Adelaide and then two games lost in four days is sad,” he said.

“The travel did take a part but I honestly thought Wanderers were better on the night. They took their chances well and played well on a really bad surface.”

Roux said the semi-final against Western Sydney was a tough match, especially as the Mariners had just landed from their flight from Japan the day before.

“We are all proud of what we have done this season with a lot of change, and everything that’s happened, we finished the season strongly,” Roux added.

“I think the travel has a massive effect. It’s no excuse but you have a long flight and play the next day, you’re not going to feel 100% going in.”

Centre back Bosnar feels that good things await the Mariners next season.

“We did okay but I think this young team in terms of being together so short did really well to get back into the top three after the bad month of February we had,” he said.

“I’m proud of everyone up the coast, it’s a fantastic place for young players making a start in the A-League.”

Brisbane Roar will meet the Wanderers in the A-League grand final at Suncorp Stadium on Sunday.

Bosnar believes the Roar will win the A-League decider but Western Sydney “will play in the Asian Champions League final”. 

Fullback Roux said the two grand finalists are evenly matched.

“I think it’s going to be a great final,” he said. “Two teams that deserve to be there – it will be tough to call.”