Ladder leaders Brisbane Roar have been ambushed 2-0 by Central Coast Mariners in their A-League regular season finale at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday night.
Mariners coach Phil Moss dipped his hat to his side after they sealed a top three spot while also juggling Asian Champions League commitments.
The Mariners host FC Seoul in an AFC Champions League clash in Gosford on Wednesday night.
“That was as close to perfect that you can get in a football game,” he said.
“I am delighted by the way they stuck to the gameplan and executed it.
“We can take some confidence into the finals and Wednesday night’s game against Seoul.”
Meanwhile, Mulvey was philosophical about his team’s performance.
“I don’t want to sound like I am criticising (the Mariners) but it is a lot easier to spoil than create – that’s what they came to do tonight,” he said.
“They were determined, incredibly disciplined and made us do what they wanted – play through the middle.
“We still created some good chances and on another night we would have scored goals.
“Even in the 80th minute I thought if we got one goal we would get two.”