Victory keen to end poor Gosford record
Two rookie coaches take charge of A-League heavyweights when Melbourne Victory travel to Central Coast on Friday night.
Kevin Muscat leads the Victory against Phil Moss' Mariners with a poor history at Bluetongue Stadium to overcome.
The Victory haven't won in Gosford for three years - their last regular season outing ended in a 6-2 thrashing - and have failed to keep a clean sheet interstate for nine matches.
Muscat is eager to reverse that record but will have to do so with forced defensive changes because of ill-discipline.
Adrian Leijer will miss the trip after his red card in last Saturday's 3-0 win over Adelaide, while another yellow has sidelined tenacious utility Leigh Broxham.
Muscat said the club "paid the price" for those sins, admitting frustrations and disappointment with the forced changes.
"There was some dissent, cards last week in the heat of everything going on and it shouldn't happen," he said.
Nick Ansell and Jason Genia will fill the roles, with Muscat not ruling out extended runs in the team for the duo.
"Them two boys have an opportunity to impress ... and for my part I hope they take it," he said.
James Troisi is expected to continue his star turn in midfield despite a tantrum when he was substituted last week when Leijer got his marching orders.
Troisi is one of several players Moss has flagged as key threats in the Mariners' first home game since coach Graham Arnold quit the club to take up a post in Japan.
"At the end of the day, if you've got your backyard in order and your defensive structures good, then our job is to frustrate them and make sure we take our chances," Moss said.
Muscat will be reunited with former Victory marquee man Marcos Flores, now a key part of the Mariners' attack along with midfielder Michael McGlinchey.
"He'll get better and better now he's back (from international duty) and we're looking forward to building on the foundations that we set last weekend," Moss said of McGlinchey.
Both teams have been confirmed as starters in next year's Asian Champions League, though Victory will have to navigate a qualifying route.