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Feb 02, 2021   |  12:36AM AET

5 things to look forward to: Central Coast v City

5 things to look forward to: Central Coast v City

An immediate chance to bounce back

There is no hiding from the fact that Sunday night’s result was not what we were after.

After conceding early, we pulled one back through Jamie Maclaren but goals either side of half time to Perth gave the away side all three points.

While this was a disappointing result, the good news is we don’t have to wait long for a chance to bounce back.

We’ll be in action again on Wednesday night when we take on Central Coast away from home in a clash that will kick off at 7.05pm.

Kicking off the away trip with a win

With our next four fixtures all coming away from home, getting this period of the season started with a win is very important.

Kisnorbo’s squad will stay in the Hunter Valley this week with a game to come against Newcastle on Sunday following Wednesday night’s clash.

Then with hopefully another six points under their belt, they will then return to Melbourne to prepare for our next two away trips to Western Sydney and Perth Glory.

A potential City debutant

Our latest signing Nuno Reis completed quarantine last week and has now joined the squad in training ahead of preparations for our upcoming match.

The Portuguese centre back will be travelling to the Hunter Valley and will be available for selection should he be called on by Kisnorbo.

The 30-year-old will bring plenty of experience and muscle to the line-up when he does appear.

Given the recent form of 18-year-old Kerrin Stokes and Reis only having a handful of training sessions with the team under his belt before Wednesday night, it will be interesting to see if we see our latest signing in action.

Continuing our winning ways against the Mariners

Our recent fixtures against the Mariners have been good ones for City fans as we’ve taken the points in all of our last three meetings.

We haven’t had any trouble finding the back of the net either, scoring 12 times in those aforementioned matches.

The most recent of these was a 2-4 win away from back in March last season before the season shutdown and eventual hub.

Despite conceding in just the second minute, goals to Maclaren and Markel Susaeta had us in the lead less than ten minutes later.

City’s star striker would find the back of the net twice in the second half to complete his hattrick and another positive result against Central Coast.

Macca on the scoresheet again?

Speaking of that man, we once again saw him find the back of the net on Sunday night.

After Adrian Luna won the ball back in midfield, Craig Noone received the ball and cut inside hitting the post with his curling shot.

It was a case of right place, right time for Maclaren – who tapped home from close range.

After no goals in our first two fixtures of the season, he’s now scored in both of our last two games and will be looking to continue the streak against the Mariners on Wednesday.

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