Mackay Magpies in their FFA Cup clash with Magpies Crusaders United.
Mackay Magpies in their FFA Cup clash with Magpies Crusaders United. Alison Langevad Photography

Magpies coach: 'I don't care either way'

FOOTBALL: The Mackay Magpies' Premier League team is undefeated no more.

Wanderers were the ones to tarnish the competition leader's record with a 3-1 win on Saturday.

Still the Pies have used the blow as motivation before they play Lions this weekend.

Magpies coach Darrin Pullen said his men had taken their first loss with grace.

"The boys weren't happy, but I think we'll have a positive reaction this weekend," he said.

"Everyone likes to play games that mean something.

"Players don't like to play games where you know that you are going to win."

With Wanderers tailing Magpies by two points, Pullen said his troop was more determined than ever to maintain its first-placed ranking.

"There's something to fight for (now)," he said.

"Moving into finals, all the top teams are playing each other which has been good."

Goal scoring was said to be what let the competition leaders down on the weekend.

"We need to score. You can't go out and get 20 chances but only put two in the net," Pullen said.

The Lions have built an impressive defensive line this year, complemented by their strong depth on the bench.

"It's tough to score against them," the Magpies coach said.

With finals nearing, Pullen ensured his team's position would not affect players' mentality for the final regular rounds, nor would the loss.

"I've been involved in undefeated teams who have lost the finals and I have played against teams who were undefeated and we've won grand finals - I don't really care either way," he said.

"Things happen, we just have to make sure we're ready."



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