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Mariners on high alert for Heart's visit
By Angela Habashy
18:50 AEST Thu Dec 13 2012

The A-League's top dogs Central Coast haven't tasted defeat for seven straight games, but don't expect them to get complacent.

The Mariners host Melbourne Heart on Friday night and with Adelaide just a point behind on the ladder, can consolidate their place at the summit with victory.

Fresh from a commanding 2-0 victory over Newcastle in last weekend's F3 Derby, the Mariners are riding high with confidence.

None more so than 35-year-old Daniel McBreen, who bagged both goals against the Jets to now lead the league's scoring charts with nine goals this season.

"Everyone's confident about tomorrow night's match but Arnie keeps telling us `don't get complacent and don't rest now'," defender Josh Rose said on Thursday.

"So we've got to keep working hard and keep trying to better ourselves."

The seventh-placed Heart enter on the back of a 1-0 victory over Perth with Sudanese-born refugee Golgol Mebrahtu netting the late winner - his first A-League goal.

They can jump to fourth spot with a win at Bluetongue Stadium on Friday.

Rose knows his work will be cut out for him with Croatian striker Josip Tadic also up front for the Heart.

"They seem to keep possession of the ball well, they play some good football and they've got some good attacking players who are quite dangerous," Rose said.

"I've been quite impressed with Tadic. He looks quite decent on the ball and quite handy around the box so we need to be careful of him.

"Young Golgol is direct and he's got pace and will be full of confidence after scoring his first goal."

The Mariners will gain exciting playmaker Tomas Rogic and first choice `keeper Matt Ryan who return from the Socceroos' successful East Asian Cup qualifying campaign in Hong Kong.

The Heart, meanwhile, will be boosted with the return of fellow rookie Socceroos Michael Marrone, Aziz Behich and Richard Garcia.

But while they had more game time than the Mariners duo in the intense schedule of four games in eight days, Rose doesn't think it will affect them in the slightest.

"I think if anything getting game time under their belts with the Socceroos that will give them more confidence," he said.