It isn’t all doom and gloom for the Jets

With a 2-2 draw against Perth Glory at McDonald Jones Stadium on Sunday night, Newcastle Jets remain in the top six with 12 matches of the regular season left to play.

Jets’ coach Mark Jones wanted to reiterate that his team is pushing for finals football and a draw doesn’t mean the end for them. Suggesting it just means they have to stay in the game for the full 90 minutes.

“I was quite happy with the way we played in periods, we just didn’t play well the entire game, but we have potential,” said Jones.

“We have decent shape, we just turned the ball over sometimes when we didn’t need to and it takes us a little while to get our confidence, but to say we played bad I can’t agree.”

When pressed further on his team’s performance, Jones was adamant the Jets’ only need minor changes to get the three points each week and that the score line didn’t reflect how he felt they played.

“Horror periods/played bad, I can’t agree with any of that. It’s dramatic because it’s just purely based on what’s happening on the score line,” explained Jones.

“I look at the game of football and even last week against Brisbane, we were under pressure. But we always knew if we kept the ball better we would end up scoring goals.

“It’s nothing dramatic, we don’t have to make major changes, we just have to stay in the game and be a little bit tidier with what we do and we will get a result.”

Whilst the Jets aren’t all doom and gloom, the visiting Perth Glory side may be with the loss of skipper and central defender Rostyn Griffiths in the 87th minute. The Glory side could feel the repercussions of the loss of one of their key players in next weeks match against second placed Melbourne Victory.

Newcastle Jets will look to tidy up their play and hold their opponents out for the full 90 minutes when they face Western Sydney Wanderers next week in Round 16.

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