Unfancied Coast confident
Dave Hampton and Toni Ferguson warm up as Kaye Atkins and Colin Ryan run past in preparation for
tomorrow’s Dash For Cash MIRON Bleiberg doesn’t care if Gold Coast are seen as outsiders to reach the A-League grand final, but warns doubters his men are oozing confidence heading into tonight’s showdown with Central Coast.
The colourful coach believes the preliminary final at Gosford’s Bluetongue Stadium will be ‘‘ one hell of a battle’’ but has clearly noted the fact most are favouring the Mariners to win through to tomorrow week’s grand final against Brisbane.
‘‘ I looked at one of the Sydney papers today, there’s not even one soul that predicts Gold Coast is going to win ... only the octopus predicts that we will win,’’ Bleiberg said yesterday.
‘‘ But I don’t care because the same people that don’t think we’ll win are the same people that predicted Brisbane Roar would finish in the bottom two and predicted that we will finish nine or eight.
‘ ‘ Maybe Arnie ( Mariners coach Graham Arnold) is a very nice guy because he’s got a lot of friends and everybody’s backing him up.
‘‘ It doesn’t worry us, we’re going to do our job and whatever happens, happens.’’
Bleiberg has good reason to feel positive about his side’s chances after successive finals victories against Melbourne Victory and Adelaide.
Meanwhile, Arnold said striker Matt Simon was some chance of returning off the bench after sitting out the major semi-final second leg because of a cut suffered walking his dog on the beach.