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Australian Football: Urena expects change of fortunes

Striker Marco Urena has urged Central Coast Mariners to maintain their hard work, as he expects those efforts to eventually pay off.

The 31-year-old Costa Rica international is in his second season with the Mariners, who have failed to win any of their last seven A-League games and who are currently priced at 11/4 to finish at the bottom of the table.

However, the well-travelled frontman says that now is not the time to become downbeat and has called on his team-mates to keep the faith and work hard to try and turn things around.

Urena expects upturn with work

He told the West Australian ahead of a meeting with fellow strugglers Brisbane Roar on Saturday: "We're playing really good football so far, we just have had no luck a little bit.

"We're going to have a pay-off. Actually tomorrow is a very important day for us. We have to win here at home to keep fighting for our goal - that is to be in the top six.

"It's a challenge for everyone and it's a good moment to start tomorrow."

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Mariners head coach Nick Montgomery struck a similar note to Urena, as he feels his side are due a little bit of luck which could help them get back on track.

He added: "We're halfway through the season, we've reached the FFA Cup Final, that's a great achievement and any team in the league can get in the top six."

Montgomery hoping for better luck

"One thing I know about football is that you can have a bit of bad luck at times and you hope that that turns.

"We're definitely due a little bit, but we just need to concentrate on ourselves, keep putting the performances in and I've no doubt that the results are going to come."

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