“I cannot ask anymore of them” – Nick Montgomery

After another late goal conceded in stoppage time, Nick Montgomery had nothing but praise for the effort expelled in amongst the tumultuous week that has befell the Central Coast Mariners.

The effort that they put in tonight was amazing. Coming off the back of what happened Tuesday was always going to be a big ask, and I cannot ask any more of them, I cannot ask any more of them.

“It’s been a tough week for us, with everything that has happened, and tonight I felt that we deserved more than a point as I thought we had some great chances to win the game but all credit to Adelaide who kept fighting.”

Montgomery while frustrated again at the manner of the defeat, was buoyed with the resilience of the group of boys in the changeroom.

“After ten days away, this great bunch of boys kept fighting right till the end. Ultimately it fell short in the end, but I am so proud of their efforts.

“It seems like we are not getting the rub of the green at the moment, but it is what it is, and we have to turn it around and can do that with a good run of home games ahead.”

Again, it was another impressive performance from French import Béni Nkololo and Nick Montgomery heaped praise on his signing.

“Béni can play left and right, and he’s been superb this season. He’s still a young player and after some setbacks he lacked confidence, but I think you can see with the goal at Melbourne City and the goal tonight that he is a top young player and young players need confidence.

Young players need confidence, and we’ve got a lot of them, and confidence is one thing that young players struggle to get at times. I can’t ask anymore from them, I know they are going to make mistakes, I know they are going to be inconsistent at times, but it’s all about how they rebound from those.

Nick Montgomery

“We’ve got some very good young players who are offering their abilities and they are going to be National Team players in the future, but right now they will continue to develop. They deserve to be playing, and apart from the results, the boy’s performance have been there week in week out so hopefully it turns and we can make it turn ourselves,” Montgomery concluded.

The Mariners will be back in action against Brisbane Roar on Sunday the 5th of March at Central Coast Stadium, kicking off at 5:05pm.