Hiariej: The fans, that’s who we’re playing for


Tom Hiariej completed his first 90-minute shift in two months after returning from injury and the Dutch midfielder says the team is motivated by the fans’ undying support. Kick-off on Sunday at Central Coast Stadium is 7pm.

Tom Hiariej’s injury update…
“I was injured at the beginning of the season and in the middle of the season I had a groin injury but I’m fully fit now and ready to go.

Motivation for the back end of the season…   
“We need to be competitive against Perth Glory. Our aim is to get that win for the fans, the players and the staff. It would be a great achievement.

“The most important thing right now is the fans. They are always there, even when we lose a few games in a row they are still in the stands so it’s important to give something back to them and that’s what we’re playing for, in these last four games.

“We showed in the last game that we can be competitive, this Sunday we want to give a little bit more and claim the three points.

Positives from the performance against Adelaide United…
“We It was a tough loss. We created some good chances through Jordan Murray, Aiden O’Neill and Jem Karacan. I think we did a good job in general, we were a bit unlucky – we had six chances and they had three. Even when we went down to 10 men we were still doing alright and that will help us keep faith for the last four games.

“We fought until the end. You could see that. We were very structured, defensively we were good. We needed to do a little more on the ball and that’s what we have to work on over the next couple of weeks.

“I think we were the better, we just need to work on finishing our chances.

Overcoming the league leaders, Perth Glory…
“They are the best team in the league, they are very structured and they play good football. They lost last week against Victory, so there are opportunities for us to score but we will need to be at our best to make it a tough game for them and hopefully we get the win.

“They would be saying in the dressing rooms ‘against the Mariners we need to win’. We want to finish the season with a few wins so it’s going to be a nice battle,” Hiariej said.

Match Details
Hyundai A-League Round 24

Sunday, 7 April 2019
Match: Central Coast Mariners vs. Perth Glory
Venue: Central Coast Stadium, Gosford
Kick-off: 7:00pm (AEST)
TV Broadcast: Live coverage on FOX SPORTS AUSTRALIA
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