CLOSE GAME decided by SOLO goal

Perth Glory coach Ian Ferguson feels that his team did enough today to deserve a point following a 1-nil loss away to the Central Coast Mariners at Bluetongue Stadium, Gosford.

Perth Glory coach Ian Ferguson feels that his team did enough today to deserve a point following a 1-nil loss away to the Central Coast Mariners at Bluetongue Stadium, Gosford.

In a tight and even contest, substitute Daniel McBreen-s goal after 70 minutes proved the difference.

“It-s a disappointed dressing room,” Ferguson said post game.

“We frustrated the Mariners and were unlucky a few times and then unfortunately got caught with a sucker punch.

“I thought we did enough (to earn a point).

“We had a few chances and didn-t take them today.”

Mariners defender Trent Sainsbury was outstanding for the home team, denying Perth Glory twice. First the young West Australian stopped a goal bound header from Steven McGarry before he cut-out a Travis Dodd pass as the Glory were charging towards goal.

Mariners full-back Bojic also denied Mehmet in the first half with a crucial block but Perth Glory were unlucky not to strike against last season-s Premier-s Plate winners.

It was Sainsbury again who would influence the contest when his long pass found McBreen with 20 minutes to go.

Ferguson introduced Japanese winger Ryo Nagai for his Hyundai A-League debut and Nick Ward in the final passages but both were unable to find an equaliser.

Ward came closest when his stinging shot flew just wide of the post.