Montgomery: Two seasons of frustration for Mariners fans

Central Coast Mariners captain Nick Montgomery admits the team has had an issue with discipline this year.

Mariners were reduced to nine men after Mitch Austin and Luis Garcia were sent off in the second half of its 4-0 loss to Perth Glory on the weekend.

The two red cards were the side’s eighth and ninth of the season.

“We’ve had a chat about it and it’s something we need to sort out,” Montgomery said.

“Other than Roy’s suspension the rest of them have been nothing more than a lack of concentration or a bit of frustration.”

Austin and Garcia will miss out on the game against Sydney FC on Saturday due to suspension.

The Sky Blues head to Gosford on the back of an impressive mid-week win against Pohang Steelers in the Asian Champions League.

“They’ll be buoyed by the win,” Montgomery said.

“I watched the game and you could see how it started. They’ve not had a great run in the A-League but to be honest have done in the Champions League.

“Our (wage budget) is probably less than half of what Sydney’s is and Sydney aren’t even in the top six at the moment.”

Mariners are now destined to finish at the bottom of the table after their loss to Perth, collecting the first wooden spoon in the club’s history. With four games remaining they sit 13 points behind ninth placed Wellington Phoenix.

But Montgomery is determined to give Mariners fans something to cheer about when the side takes on Sydney, and for the remainder of the season.

“Our fans have suffered, even most of last season” he said. “It’s been two seasons of frustration.”

“A lot of them understand where the club’s going and can see what this club’s building for the future but it doesn’t make it any easier being where we are. Fans want to come and support a team that’s winning and we completely understand that.”