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Australian Football: Milicic blames errors on lack of action

Macarthur FC coach Ante Milicic says it will take time for his players to find their best form following a lengthy spell with no A-League action.

The Bulls are priced at 9/1 to win the 2021/22 A-League grand final but they have not won a game since 19th December after being hit with an enforced break.

Fixture disruption

A number of A-League games have been postponed in recent weeks and Macarthur are one of the sides that have been hampered the most.

Speaking after the 3-3 draw with Central Coast Mariners on Thursday night, Milicic said he cannot expect his players to hit the ground running after such a lengthy break.

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Macarthur found themselves 2-0 up against the Mariners only to then find themselves 3-2 behind as the home side came roaring back.

They rescued a point as Craig Noone equalised in the 90th minute but Milicic says their defensive lapses could be down to the fact they have not played much of late.

Lack of cohesion

"There's a few things but ultimately the big one for us and I think Perth and Newcastle are in the same boat, is that we had 36 days off," he told reporters after the game.

"When you don't play for that long and you have illness, we're not where we need to be both in terms of our playing style but also physically.

"We had to have a change of formation today because (Aleksandar) Jovanovic and (Tomislav) Uskok were unavailable for different reasons so then there's no cohesion.

"When you have that long off and then you have seven games in 26 days you're forced to make changes. In the end, we have to deal with some situations better. It's important for us to recover well, we just need to regroup and see who can back up if we do get bodies back."

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