A late Simon Cox goal secured a 1-1 draw for Western Sydney Wanderers at Central Coast Mariners that could prove to be important in the A-League top-six battle.

The Wanderers looked to be heading for defeat in their first match since the competition restarted after Milan Djuric struck just before the hour mark at Central Coast Stadium.

Duric had earlier seen a long-range effort hit the crossbar and Mohamed Adam slammed a shot off the woodwork in an even contest, but the Bosnia-Herzegovina international made no mistake from Matt Simon's cut-back.

The Mariners looked to be heading for a first win in 13 until Cox glanced in Mitchell Duke's cross with two minutes of normal time remaining.

The Wanderers are four points outside the top six, with a game in hand on sixth-place Adelaide United, while the Mariners are certain to finish bottom for the fourth time in the past five seasons.

Simon Cox shone on debut as Western Sydney Wanderers began a new era with a 3-1 win over Central Coast Mariners on Sunday.

In their first A-League fixture since sacking Markus Babbel, the Wanderers were indebted to debutant Cox for helping to see off a resilient Central Coast in Gosford.

The former Nottingham Forest striker appeared off the bench in the 58th minute with the visitors leading 1-0 through Nicolai Muller's composed finish late in the first half.

Cox needed just over 15 minutes to make an impact, drawing a penalty that Mitchell Duke converted to double the margin.

Matt Simon threatened to derail Jean-Paul de Marigny's first match as Western Sydney caretaker coach by winning and dispatching a spot-kick at the other end, but the man of the moment had other ideas.

Mohamed Adam and German winger Muller combined on the counter-attack in stoppage time to tee up 32-year-old Cox for a straightforward tap-in, his maiden A-League goal securing Western Sydney their fifth win of the campaign and a much-needed confidence boost.

'God of Football' Alexander Meier has left Western Sydney Wanderers after struggling to have an impact in the A-League.

Meier, 37, scored just one goal in 12 games for the Wanderers before a mutual termination of his contract was confirmed on Friday.

The former Eintracht Frankfurt striker was once nicknamed the 'God of Football', but struggled with the pace of the A-League and will return to Germany for "personal reasons".

"I am thankful for this experience," Meier said in a statement.

"The Wanderers are a top professional football club, everybody was very helpful and supportive, the supporters were great and I really enjoyed my time here.

"I will miss my team-mates, the club and the fans and wish them all the best in the rest of the season."

Western Sydney announced the signing of former West Brom and Nottingham Forest striker Simon Cox on Thursday.

The Wanderers are eighth in the A-League table and host Perth Glory on Sunday.

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