Red-hot Hooley urges Mariners to stay focussed


Three strikes from distance in our last two games. Andrew Hoole is on fire at the moment and he spoke with media leading into Saturday’s clash against the Western Sydney Wanderers

Goal of the week, fans’ player of the match, selection in the Hyundai A-League Team of the Week and a viral sensation on the 433 Instagram page amassing over 1 million views, it’s been a big week for Hooley.

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A rewarding performance, a disappointing result…
“2-0 up at half time and we got ourselves in the lead where we were very comfortable,” Hoole said. “Every week we seem to get in a lead and can’t hold on which I think is a mental thing for the team.

“Personally, it was nice to score two free-kicks which will be two goals I’ll remember.

Thoughts after first free-kicks…
“My first thought was hanging onto the lead. We’ve been in front so many times this season, we need to be more focussed when are in the lead, don’t give them a sniff.

“It was a tremendous feeling and two of the best highlights of my career. To score two goals in open play in a game is great but to score two free-kicks is more special. As I said, I will remember them for sure.

Three strikes from distance in two games…
“It’s just one of those things – sometimes they come off and sometimes they don’t. I wouldn’t call it a speciality as there are some that go wide or over the bar, so it’s good to score three in the last two games – all I want to do is help the team. If I can keep doing that, fantastic.

Vibe at the Mariners…
“We’re bottom of the table but I feel like we can take plenty of positives from the matches, especially our first halves. We obviously need to be better in the second half – when we do that we will win games, 110%. 2-0 up twice in a row now – so just that focus needs to be better. We need to stay strong and don’t give them a sniff, that will go a long way to winning the match.

The addition of Jem Karacan…
“You can see he’s a good player, he’s had a good career. Clubs like Galatasaray and Reading, he’s fit in really nicely, he’s a great guy. He brings leadership, confidence on the ball, experience.

“In certain situations when you’re 2-0 up you want a player like him in your side with a stable head and to keep calm under pressure. He will provide all that and we’re looking forward to having him on the park,” Hoole said.

Coming into your prime years…
“They say your peak is at 26 or 27, so I’m not looking too far ahead, I’m relaxed and confident in every game. I know my own ability and if I’m confident I can do good things for the team – so I will continue to focus on my own game and my role in the structure.

Match Details
Saturday, 9 February 2019
Western Sydney Wanderers vs. Central Coast Mariners
Venue: Spotless Stadium, Sydney Olympic Park
Kick-off: 5:35pm (AEDT)
TV Broadcast: Live coverage on FOX SPORTS AUSTRALIA
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