Lessons learned as Newcastle Jets move forward

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A shocking 4-0 defeat leaves Newcastle Jets in limbo as the divide between the top and bottom A-League squads widens.

The 4-0 loss to Melbourne City is a huge blow to Newcastle but they haven’t given up hope yet and head coach Scott Miller is looking to the future.

“We’ll learn from this and that’s the biggest advantage of such a big defeat in the manner we lost.

“On reflection you come away from today thinking we’ll learn a lot from it in terms of the general structure within the team out of possession.”

The Jets main challenge this season has been lack of depth in the squad due to injuries.

Several players, such as Daniel Mullen, Nigel Boogaard, Leonardo and Labinot Haliti, have all had spells on the sidelines, putting the pressure on the younger members of the squad to step up and perform.

The return of captain Boogaard is imminent and will surely make an impact to the team organisation and mentality.

“He’s an integral part of the group, technically he’s a very talented player but his communication on the field is outstanding and his leadership,” said Miller.

“He was willing and wanting to be out there today but it was too much of a risk.

“I think the squad’s looking forward to Nigel being back and leading the team.”

Newcastle Jets take on Adelaide United at home next Friday and they desperately need to take three points to stay with the pack in the Hyundai A-League ladder.

“A team will have troughs throughout the season, we’re aware of that,” said Miller.

“Melbourne City had one three weeks ago and look at them now.

“And now you look at Adelaide in contrast, they’ve won the last two and we play them next Friday.

“If I draw it back to next Friday’s game it shows two teams on different start to the season, and on reflection now on a slightly different vein of form.

“Next week is a different kettle of fish altogether.”

Miller is still confident that despite his team’s current trough they will move on and stay committed to their cause.

“It’s a strong group of people so a 4-0 defeat is an interesting one but we can take a lot from it a sense that we can learn. “

“Today’s a hard one to take for everybody but Friday is the next challenge and that’s our pathway and our process here as the Newcastle Jets.

“It’s going to be a long season but one we’re committed to.”

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