Jones calls for Jets to do their job

With just six matches left of the regular A-League season, several teams are vying for top six contention in a scramble to the finish line.

Newcastle Jets, Central Coast Mariners, Western Sydney Wanderers and Wellington Phoenix all sit on similar points and must win their remaining matches if they harbour ambitions to secure their spot in the finals.

On Sunday afternoon, the close battle was highlighted by the F3 Derby result between the Jets and Mariners. A 1-1 draw, gifted each side a point for their efforts, but will it be enough?

Jets coach Mark Jones was disappointed with the draw, but he still has hope for his squad’s chances of progressing, insisting his players need to do their respective jobs on the pitch.

“If you’re a defender, you need to make sure we keep a clean sheet. If you’re an attacker, you need to score goals.

“It comes down to that now, it’s not about being pretty, it’s about getting the job done.”

Disregarding the score, both the Jets and the Mariners could have secured themselves the three points on Sunday night. Newcastle had several prime opportunities to hit the back of the net and go up 3-0 and the Central Coast had a handful of opportunities that also should have found the back of the net.

However, Mariners’ coach Paul Okon acknowledged that the draw was a fair result for both sides and touched on the possibility of his squad’s chances for finals football.

“We want to compete in all of those six matches. We want to win them, but is it possible? We will soon find out,” said Okon.

“Our focus over the past couple of weeks hasn’t been looking too far ahead.”

Both sides will be hoping they can capitalise on their next home games, where in Round 22 Newcastle host fifth placed Brisbane Roar and Central Coast faces off against fourth placed Melbourne City.

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