Walmsley: No disciplinary issues at Mariners

Central Coast Mariners coach Tony Walmsley has denied any discipline issues with the club this season despite the Mariners earning seven red cards this season, the most of any club in the competition.

The comments come as full-back Michael Neill will miss this week’s clash against Perth Glory through suspension.

“There are many varied circumstances to all those suspensions and cards that are not all of our making. We just have to be careful about throwing the blanket over that many cards and saying there’s a discipline problem,” Walmsley said. 

“Last week is an example where Micky Neill has ended up not available this week through two tackles that in any other professional football league would’ve been a free-kick and nothing more.”

While Neill is unavailable through suspension, captain Nick Montgomery returns having served his suspension for accumulating eight yellow cards in 19 games.

“We went into the game last week without Monty and were hopeful of a couple of the young guns stepping up and letting him know that he’s not missed so much anymore but we didn’t return enough repossessions in midfield and it just shows what Monty’s capability is,” he said.

Also unavailable for selection is goalkeeper Alistair Bray, after the former Bentleigh Greens shot-stopper suffered a knee injury in training.

“Ali Bray pulled up with a knee injury yesterday at training so we’re waiting for scans now to see how bad it is. Hopefully it’s not season ending,” he said.

Walmsley’s men sit ten points behind Wellington Phoenix at the bottom of the table but he still wishes to end the season on a high.

“Our driver is to get three points for the fans and from the staff’s point of view for the players. They’ve had a really tough season. They deserve some rewards between now and the end of the season so we’re going to give it everything we’ve got in Perth,” he said.