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Mariners can get much better: Moss

Central Coast Mariners A-League coach Phil Moss says his side can play much better despite being unbeaten in the first three matches of his tenure.

The Mariners have taken seven points out of nine since Moss took over from Graham Arnold, snapping Sydney FC's club record four-match winning streak with a 1-0 home victory over the Sky Blues in Gosford on Saturday night.

Moss said he was a perfectionist and believed the team had just been average in his first two games in charge before lifting against Sydney.

"It was a big win in the scheme of things for us. It was certainly something that we can build on," Moss said.

"We can be much better. That wasn't a complete performance by any stretch, but certainly there was a lot of glimpses there of what we're capable of."

He nominated ball retention and execution in the final third as the areas the Mariners could improve in.

Moss said the Mariners did have a spot to fill on their roster, but had no salary cap money left to make a move in the upcoming mid-season transfer window without releasing another player.

He would welcome the return of striker Bernie Ibini, who was sold to Chinese club Shanghai East Asia after last season's grand final win but is believed to be looking to return to Australia.

A lingering financial issue with the Mariners could also provide a potential stumbling block to a move back to Gosford for Ibini, though Moss revealed he had spoken to him at the Mariners game against Melbourne Victory last week.

"I said to Bernie that the door is always open, if something comes of it," Moss said.

"But we'd have to have some (player) movement first to make room for him "

The match was settled by a clever backheeled finish from veteran striker Daniel McBreen, who Moss said, was starting to look like the player who won last season's Golden Boot, in his fourth appearance since returning from his stint in China.


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