A late goal from Simon Cox spared the blushes of Western Sydney, who secured a last-gasp draw against bottom-placed Central Coast to keep their finals aspirations in play.
Jean-Paul de Marigny’s first match since being officially appointed Wanderers head coach was not exactly bright, his side narrowly escaping with a 1-1 draw away to the Mariners, whose winless run was extended to 13 games and confirmed their fourth wooden spoon in the past five seasons.
After conceding midway through the second half, the Wanderers were on course to become the first team to lose to the Mariners since January, before a Cox header salvaged that much-needed point. It masked a largely disjointed Wanderers performance in their first game since a coronavirus-enforced hiatus that clearly eroded much of their previous improvement.
“A little bit frustrating but all in all, a good point, good reaction at the end,” de Marigny said. “The way that we finished the game was strong, it was determined, it was positive.”