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Australian Football: Mariners ready for Reds showdown

Central Coast Mariners boss Nick Montgomery says his side can beat anyone anywhere as they prepare to face Adelaide United in Sunday’s elimination final.

The Mariners are in the hunt to win the A-League grand final following another outstanding season that has seen them upset the form book once again.

Winning runs

Both the Mariners and Reds have won their last five games heading in to finals but something will have to give when they go head-to-head at Coopers Stadium, Adelaide.

It is sure to be a hot atmosphere but Montgomery says his young side will be able to cope with it as they have played on the biggest of stages already.

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"We don't fear anybody, we don't fear going anywhere, we don't fear big crowds," Montgomery told reporters.

"Everything's on the line, and we're full of confidence. It doesn't matter who plays, who comes in the team, everyone knows the job, everyone follows the game plan and at the end of it we stick together."

Great team spirit

Montgomery was part of the Mariners 2013 championship side as a player and he notices the similarities between the two teams.

"You've seen how galvanised we've been over the last 15 games, we've had a lot of adversity, we've dealt with a lot of stuff on and off the pitch as well as some outrageous decisions that have gone against us," he added.

"Definite comparisons and some fantastic young players that I feel have got massive careers in the game and this is just the start for them.

"For me as a coach stepping out and actually looking at the team, I think there's a lot of comparisons from that championship-winning team."

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