Central Coast defender Eddy Bosnar has rubbished rumours of unrest in the Mariners camp, saying he is confident the club can get back to winning ways.
The Mariners went down 3-0 to Melbourne Victory on Friday night and have won just once from their opening nine A-League fixtures.
Import striker Malick Mane has been released and Korean playmaker Kim Seung-yong appears out of favour at the club.
Bosnar missed the loss at North Sydney Oval but believes the Mariners will improve.
“It’s disappointing that I was sick (on Friday),” the centre back told FourFourTwo.
“We’ll get better, we’ll get stronger, we’ll be OK.
“We’re finding it hard to find the back of the net. Once we start getting that going we’ll be alright. I think we’ll be fine.”
Bosnar, who joined the Mariners last season, played the first four games of this campaign but has been absent from four of the past five matches.
“I had an injury I was carrying from pre-season,” he said.
“We rested it and (Phil Moss) wanted to keep the team that was there so we get some fluency in the team. And I agreed with it.
Despite having four days off sick, Bosnar said he hoped to get back in selection contention for the club’s away game to Wellington Phoenix on Saturday.
Speculation of problems inside the Mariners camp have spread following skipper John Hutchinson’s sideline spray to goalkeeping coach John Crawley during last month’s 2-0 loss to Adelaide.
But Bosnar said there is no truth to the rumours.
“There’s no problems, I don’t understand where that comes from,” the 34-year old said.
“People talk shit. It’s social media these days, everyone’s got their own opinion and put shit into social media and that’s how it gets out. There’s no truth about it.
“It happened last year when we were winning and no one said a word. That’s just the way it is, when you’re down everyone wants to kick you.
“I always say someone has to win and someone has to lose, not everyone can be first and not everyone can be last.
“Otherwise it wouldn’t be interesting. Someone always has to get hit over the ears, every season there’ someone who’s last or second last or third last who gets into trouble. That’s football, that’s the way it is. Last year it wasn’t us, it was someone else.”