Arnold cranks up pressure on Wanderers

Last updated 16:01 28/02/2013
Graham Arnold
BIG CLASH: Central Coast coach Graham Arnold has turned up the verbal heat on Western Sydney.

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Central Coast coach Graham Arnold has  turned up the verbal heat on Western Sydney before Saturday's  top-of-the-table clash by declaring the Wanderers have had more  time this week to feel the pressure.

The vital A-League game represents the last leg of a massive  series of three matches in eight days for the ladder-leading  Mariners in Gosford.

They thrashed Melbourne Victory 6-2 last Saturday and drew 0-0  with South Korea's Suwon Bluewings on Wednesday in their first  Asian Champions League group game.

Never averse to playing mind games, Arnold suggested the ACL  game had proven a positive distraction for his side from the  impending A-League blockbuster.

While his players will have had a more physically demanding  week, Arnold suggested the second-placed Wanderers will have had  more time to potentially stew under the pressure of a showdown  between two heavyweight title contenders.

Arnold was incredulous when a journalist suggested after the  Suwon game that the disappointment of not winning that match could  affect his side going into Saturday's encounter.

''You're kidding aren't you ... no chance,'' Arnold said.

''The way we played against a top Asian team is worth about 35-0.''You draw 0-0 with them and you totally outplay them, the  confidence is high.

''The performance was great.

''I think for Saturday's game this has been a great distraction  for us.

''All the media are talking about Western Sydney and a lot have  been talking about them being favourites and what a great  experience it is going to be on Saturday night for them.

''We haven't even thought about it until probably today  (Thursday).''So they've had six days to maybe build up the pressure and  we've got one.''

Arnold said all 19 available players in his squad would be fit  for the game.

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