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Arnold blasts A-League

25 March 2012 13:29

Central Coast coach Graham Arnold has hit out at the A-League for not presenting them with the Premiers' Plate after a 2-1 win over Wellington.

Goals from John Sutton and Bernie Ibini either side of half-time secured the minor premiership for the Mariners but there was no trophy to be seen as they walked off the Westpac Stadium turf in Wellington.

"I'll probably get called a whinger, but that's disappointing," Arnold said.

"I don't care where you play (the match). The boys have worked their arses off for 27 weeks, plus pre-season, and it's not here.

"It would have been nice if it was here today. I don't know when they are going to give it to us now.

"I'd say probably the second semi-final at Bluetongue but we've got a big game that day."

While Arnold was disappointed by the trophy snub, he was understandably thrilled to see his side clinch top spot in the A-League after leading the race for much of the campaign.

The Mariners needed to win in Wellington to deny last season's champions, Brisbane Roar, who went on to defeat them on penalties in the Grand Final.

"It means everything," Arnold said.

"I'm old-fashioned in that I think the premiership is more important than the grand final because it rewards consistency.

"It rewards the best team. We're the only team that's gone two seasons and compiled more than 50 points (each campaign). I couldn't be prouder of the players."

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A-League table

# Team MP D P
1 3 +4 9
2 3 +5 7
3 3 +2 7
4 3 +1 5
5 3 +1 5
6 3 +0 4
7 3 -2 1
8 3 -2 1
9 3 -5 1
10 3 -4 0

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