No win from seven games. Stranded at the foot of the A-League ladder. And now their star player Ross McCormack faces at least a month on the sidelines. The season simply hasn't gone to plan for a luckless Central Coast Mariners.
A 2-0 loss to Western Sydney Wanderers on Friday night which cemented the Mariners spot at the bottom of the table has come with the added blow that McCormack may need surgery on a knee injury.
"Ross McCormack is probably out for about four to five weeks, he's tweaked his knee," coach Mike Mulvey revealed post-match.
"He's seeing the surgeon on Monday. We'll work out a plan for him to get back."
Though a big loss, it's worth noting McCormack hasn't exactly hit the ground running at Gosford and has just one goal from his five A-League matches for the club to date.
Regardless, the injury has continued the Mariners horror start to the season with Mulvey bemoaning a lack of fear but stressing his side won't lose any hope so early on in the season.
"There’s no fear factor," he said.
"We need to address our deficiencies which we’re trying to do on a daily basis. I see committed guys at training giving the best they can. We’ll keep battling away.
"If you haven’t got hope, what have you got?
"We need a confidence builder and that comes from winning."
Central Coast's next clash will be away against Wellington Phoenix and though the travel isn't ideal, the opposition could present an ideal way for Mulvey's men to bag a long-awaited win and to start turning their luck around.