Mariners believe in finals push - Izzo

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Having won back-to-back A-League matches for the first time since 2014, Central Coast are aiming for a top-six finish

Goalkeeper Paul Izzo says belief is growing at Central Coast Mariners that they can make the A-League finals after Sunday's win over Adelaide United.

The Mariners won back-to-back games for the first time in almost three years as goals to Fabio Ferreira and Kwabena Appiah saw them beat the Reds 2-1 in Canberra.

Seemingly out of top six contention just a fortnight ago, Central Coast are now just five points behind sixth-placed Western Sydney Wanderers, who they face in a massive clash in Round 19.

"It's a massive [result]," Izzo told Fox Sports.

"We've been unlucky for so long.

"We knew we were playing great, we needed to get results like we're now doing and hopefully we can make a late push [for the finals]."

The Mariners finished last season with just three wins and 13 points to claim the wooden spoon.

After 18 rounds of the 2016-17 campaign, they have four wins to their name and 16 points.

"We know we're progressing and it was only a matter of time before we started turning heads and people started taking notice," Izzo said.

"We're proud of today."

The young gloveman was excellent for the Mariners, making a couple of important saves to keep Adelaide out while the match was still in the balance.

Izzo's excellent display was even more impressive considering he copped a Sergio Cirio shot directly in the face in the second half.

"It hurt a lot," he said.

"I was a bit dazed for a bit and trying to figure where I was and figure out the score for a second. But I was fine, I got through it."

 

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