Unfancied Coast con­fi­dent

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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.

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