Frustrated striker calls for Mariners reinforcements


Central Coast striker Roy O’Donovan has urged his club to invest in more experience following Saturday’s heavy 4-1 defeat to Western Sydney Wanderers.

Missing veteran midfielders Nick Montgomery and Mickael Tavares, the Mariners struggled to exert themselves on the contest despite snatching an early lead at Central Coast Stadium.

“We need to spend more money. We need to reinforce,” O’Donovan told ABC Grandstand.

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“It’s a problem we haven’t got the strength in depth that other teams have. We don’t spend any money and you can see that.

“We miss one or two like Monty and Tavares and all of a sudden we’re paper thin.

“That’s been the case since I’ve been at Mariners. I’m going to sound like a moaner for saying it but it’s the truth.

“We’ve got a great bunch of lads but we just need one or two more, that’s all.”

Acknowledging the “best team” won on the day, O’Donovan reserved particular praise for gifted Wanderers playmaker Nicolas Martinez.

“Every team persists with playing a number 10 but there are not many genuine ones,” the Irishman said.

“You’ve got to be a really good player to play there and he is one.”