Portuguese striker: ‘good energy’ can lift Mariners

Fabio Ferreira says if there’s a “good energy” in the Central Coast Mariners squad he believes this can translate into a vital win in Sunday’s clash with Melbourne City.

With just six games left in the 2016/17 Season, the Mariners find themselves in a four-way battle to secure the last spot in the top six and a finals berth.

Paul Okon’s ninth-placed side have plenty of work to do, currently four points behind the Wanderers in sixth, while two points behind the Jets and Phoenix.

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They’ll likely need to win at least four of their last six matches to have any hope of making the playoffs, starting with the visit of Fornaroli, Cahill and co. to Gosford this weekend.

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“It’s going to be a hard game, like all the six games we have left,” Ferreira told reporters on Wednesday.

“I think if we are in a good spirit and a good energy, I think we can beat them,” the Portuguese flyer added.

“We’ve showed that we can play some good football and it’s not going to be different on Sunday.

 “Melbourne City is a very good team, but if we play well, we can get a victory.”

The two sides played out a thrilling 2-2 draw at Central Coast Stadium on New Year’s Eve and Sunday’s clash is likely to be just as entertaining.

For Ferreira, has been a key factor in the Mariners’ recent improvement and has done so in a new role under Okon.

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Predominantly a winger for most of his 100 Hyundai A-League appearances, the 27-year-old has moved to a central role in recent weeks to accommodate pacy wingers Trent Buhagiar, Connor Pain and Kwabena Appiah.

“It’s a bit different, I’ve always been playing as a right winger,” Ferreira said.

“I don’t know if wing is my position anymore. I am a right winger it’s just that I’ve been playing number 10. Every position is a fight and you need to keep playing well to keep your spot.

“I do my best and I’ve been doing ok. I just want to keep playing and do my best.”

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The Mariners will need to overcome a poor recent record against City to claim all three points, winless in their last five matches between the two clubs.