Walmsley wants positivity to build on win

Central Coast Mariners interim coach, Tony Walmsley, says he wants positivity from his players as they look to rack up back-to-back wins with a victory over Adelaide United on Thursday.

Walmsley, the club’s technical director, took over the reins for the rest of the season after coach Phil Moss was axed last week.

The Mariners defeated Melbourne City 1-0 on the weekend and are looking to maintain the rage when they take on the Reds at Coopers Stadium.

“They are a very good football team and create a lot of chances,” Walmsley said of Adelaide, “I appreciate their style of football.”

The Reds lost to Wellington Phoenix 2-0 in Round 20 and have won just once in its past five A-League matches, resulting in a slide down the league ladder to fifth place.

But Walmsley said he was not concerned with United’s recent run.

“I'm not interested in their form, but in our approach to the game,” he told FourFourTwo.

“We showed a great mentality against City and adjusted to the tactical demands well.

“This is a different challenge and we need to improve in order to win again. Each game from here until the end of the season will put new demands on us and we have to respond.”

Walmsley believes Central Coast can still make an unlikely run into the A-League top six and said the team will go into every remaining fixture trying to win.

“I'm demanding positivity and our tactical approach and thinking is aligned to that,” he said.

“Statistically we play five of the top six, including Victory away twice, and only have two home games remaining. It's a massive challenge.

“The fans were really responsive on Sunday so another result on Thursday should have an impact on the crowd on Sunday week when we host leaders Perth Glory.”

The Mariners edged past City on Sunday thanks to a Fabio Ferreira free-kick. Walmsley confirmed that the Portuguese forward will feature against his former team, despite a ‘gentlemen’s’ agreement between the two clubs.

“I was involved in his recruitment to the club prior to becoming technical director,” he said.

“He fits the model in terms of being entertaining, but he also has an end product. I was surprised Adelaide allowed him to leave.

“It was a very strange arrangement with no firm basis. These things are usually clauses around playing loan players against former clubs in that season, but this is totally different.”

Walmsley praised the efforts of his players against City, where they recorded the Mariners’ fourth win of the 2014-2015 season.

“I was really pleased for the players,” he said. “They worked hard and overcame a difficult few days to win. It was excellent.

“We missed a few opportunities to penetrate and have the capacity to create more chances but we competed well in the first half and were the better team in the second.”