Newcastle Jets are flying high at the moment and have been for much of the season, giving their fans a team to be proud of for the first time in years.

It’s a testament to their performances that they’ve just overtaken point and goal tallies from the whole of last season at such an early stage.

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Last week’s victory over Adelaide United saw Newcastle move to 23 points from 11 games, one more point than the whole of last season.

And following Friday night’s 4-0 thrashing of Western Sydney Wanderers the Jets have now smashed last season’s total goal tally of 28 in less than half the time.

Coach Ernie Merrick was weary of poor performances in the last two games that saw them scrape wins over Perth Glory and Adelaide United but was in buoyant mood following such a free-flowing performance.

“I keep drumming into them that it’s about scoring goals and entertaining the crowd and they loved it tonight,” Merrick said. “Goals are what will bring people back to the game.”

Bring the crowds it did with almost 10,000 showing up on Friday night and Bay 1 packed out with active supporters for the first time since the old days of The Squadron.

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The Novocastrian faithful can now head to McDonald Jones Stadium optimistic of a win or at the very least an attacking display that is far removed from the tepid displays of yesteryear.

Merrick emphasised this monumental shift in mentality and is now reaping the rewards of his enforced system that the players have become naturals at playing.

“Sometimes we commit to a very high attacking game so we are likely to concede goals and we did early on and would then be coming back and winning,” he said.

“Look at tonight as an example of what it does in the long term. Our defenders have become used to being light on in defence or getting back quickly and we scored four goals and didn’t concede any.”

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With a number of quality players still yet to return or join up with the squad one can only imagine following the Jets’ season will continue to be an entertaining and exciting ride.

“I’m very excited about having Roy O’Donovan, Ronny Vargas, Daniel Georgievski and new signings Riley McGree and Patito Rodriguez in the team,” Merrick said.

“That is a mouthwatering thought and come February, March we are going to be a bit special.”

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