Only way is up for Central Coast Mariners

WHEN your team is on the bottom of the ladder and has lost its past six games straight - the only way is up.

That's the philosophy Central Coast Mariners defender Harry Ascroft says his team will take into tomorrow night's A-League clash with sixth-placed Wellington at Gosford.

The Mariners were thumped 4-1 by Sydney FC on Saturday night, and the New South Wales outfit will go in as outsiders against the Phoenix.

But Ascroft, who scored the only goal against the Sky Blues, said he had plenty of confidence his team could improve on its recent efforts, particularly in front of goal where it has scored just 12 times in 12 matches this season.

"There's definitely some positives to take out of that game (against Sydney), but there's also a lot we can improve on," the 20-year-old said.

"Our structure and shape was a bit all over the park. It was unfortunate that we went down to 10 men, which made it a lot harder on the players."

Meanwhile Melbourne City defender Erik Paartalu said his team needed to regroup quickly after Sunday's 3-1 loss to Brisbane, with a crucial game coming up against Sydney FC on Saturday.

The loss to the Roar ended an incredible run for City, which had scored a total of 16 goals in consecutive wins over Perth Glory, the Mariners, Newcastle and Melbourne Victory leading up to the Roar game.

Paartalu said the loss was difficult to accept, but the team had to move on.

"Credit to Brisbane, they are a strong side, especially at home," he told FourFourtwo. "We have to move on, learn from the game and focus on Sydney."

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