Central Coast Mariners Boss Urges Change To VAR

Central Coast coach Mike Mulvey says ex-players could be involved in the VAR process, after questioning a pivotal penalty in their A-League home loss to Sydney FC.

The last-placed winless Mariners were leading 1-0 when referee Daniel Elder quickly pointed to the spot after ruling Jack Clisby had fouled Rhyan Grant late in the first half in Gosford on Saturday.

Replays suggested it was the correct decision with contact occurring just inside the area.

Mulvey thought it was outside the box and suggested it should have been immediately referred to the VAR, rather than Elder making an instant call.

Adam Le Fondre scores a penalty kick against the Mariners. Image: AAP

"The referee in my opinion, he made a judgment and that's it, I just felt it was wrong," Mulvey said.

"I still believe in it (VAR) whether we've lost a game or not.

"In the first couple of weeks a decision was overturned and the referee was suspended for a couple of weeks, missed a game.

"They are not going to turn on themselves, and I don't mean any disrespect to say that. What I mean is we need independent people who may have been ex-players who understand the game, can sit in the bunker and give feedback to the referee."

Matt Simon of the Mariners scores a goal against Sydney. Image: AAP

The 2-1 loss on Saturday after leading 1-0, was the Mariners fourth successive defeat.

Mulvey stressed that his squad needed to improve their mindset as they wouldn't be be able to add any more players.

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"We're not far away, we must not lose belief," Mulvey said.

"We need to get' a little bit more quality and particularly in decision-making, that's the key.

"That's the difference between the top and the bottom is decision-making.

"We have to improve, we can't bring any more in we have to improve what we've got and the lads minute by minute are learning.

"How long that takes I don't know."

Defender Kalifa Cisse will return from suspension for next Friday's away game at Western Sydney Wanderers and possibly striker Ross McCormack, who missed Saturday's match after getting injured at training the day before.