Why the song and dance? asks Okon

Daily Mercury - - DIGEST SPORT - — Val Migliaccio

FOOT­BALL: Cen­tral Coast boss Paul Okon will con­tinue to dance and sing in the same fash­ion as last week­end if his Mariners beat Ade­laide United in Gos­ford tonight.

De­spite the for­mer Soc­ceroo in­cur­ring the wrath of some crit­ics for be­ing elated in beat­ing Syd­ney, Okon (pic­tured) said the dress­ing-room cel­e­bra­tion which saw him singing Daryl Braith­waite’s The Horses wasn’t in­tended to be beamed on Fox Sports.

“It’s a song that we put on when we win,’’ Okon said af­ter trans­form­ing the Mariners from be­ing an ugly foot­ball team into a side which pleases the eye.

“The last time I checked you’re al­lowed to cel­e­brate a win. No it’s not nor­mal to have Fox Sports cam­eras in the change rooms.

“I don’t how it hap­pened, they wanted to in­ter­view Wout Brama in there and that co­in­cided with the time we were hav­ing a sing. It’s in­ter­preted as be­ing over the top.

“I didn’t see the cam­era un­til the end of it... maybe I should sit there and shed a tear.”

Okon be­lieves the Mariners must now back up the 2-0 win over Syd­ney by beat­ing Ade­laide. That would see the club record con­sec­u­tive wins which hasn’t oc­curred since Jan­uary.

Ade­laide were the vic­tims of Okon’s only back-to-back tri­umph of last sea­son, los­ing 2-1 in Can­berra, but the Mariners boss is not ex­pect­ing United to roll over.

“We’re not look­ing into their losses, it will be a dif­fi­cult game for us,” Okon said. Mariners v Ade­laide United tonight 6.50pm (AEST)


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