• Pivotal moment ... Central Coast Mariners players celebrate in Korea (Getty Images)
Suspended captain John Hutchinson has described the win by his Central Coast Mariners over Suwon Bluewings in the AFC Champions League as a pivotal moment in Australian football.
SBS: Greg Prichard

24 Apr 2013 - 1:04 PM  UPDATED 24 Apr 2013 - 3:07 PM

Hutchinson told The World Game he watched Tuesday night's game in the lounge room of his Terrigal home with fellow suspended Mariners player Brent Griffiths and a group of friends.

"We're the smallest club in Australia, which makes us a tiny club in Asia, and the boys have gone to Korea and beaten one of the biggest clubs in Asia to go to second place in the group," Hutchinson said. "I couldn't be more proud of them - it's a fantastic achievement.

"It's a pivotal result for football here. It's one of the great results for the game in this country. The Mariners are representing the A-League, and now we're in with a big chance of progressing beyond the group stage, which would be the first time for this club if it happens.

"I messaged 'Arnie' (Mariners coach Graham Arnold) and the boys after the game last night. I wanted to let them know how proud I was of what they had done. They were buzzing about the result, they were on a real high."