‘The change room is like a morgue’: is the game up for exhausted Jets?

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The Newcastle Jets are now eight points short of Wellington Phoenix in sixth place with nine games remaining in the A-League. Given the Jets’ inconsistent form and the eight point gap, should the Jets be considered genuine challengers for finals football this season?

Following the Jets’ 1-1 draw with Wellington Phoenix on Thursday night, the morale around the squad was very low because it put a serious dent in Newcastle’s finals hopes.

“The change room is like a morgue. I feel deflated myself with exhaustion and mental fatigue,” coach Ernie Merrick admitted.

Despite Glen Moss’ heroic save in the final minutes from the penalty spot to deny Wellington the win, the Jets will feel they missed an opportunity to make some up some ground on the table.

“As it gets tougher now we’ve just got to keep fighting and try to get something from every game that we play,” Merrick said.

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The Jets’ hectic playing schedule is adding further pressure with the Asian Champions League qualifiers around the corner.

“My biggest question is how the boys are going to recover?

“They’re totally exhausted with all these games.

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If Newcastle defeat Persija Jakarta on Tuesday night, they’ll play the current ACL champions Kashima Antlers in Japan in a group stage qualifier. This would add further fatigue and begs the question of which competition the Jets are more likely to prioritise.

“To finish in the top six and to qualify for the group stage, (which is the challenge we’ve set ourselves) it’s going to be tough physically on the boys,” Merrick said.

We’re likely to see heavy rotation of the squad on Tuesday night as Merrick prepares his squad for an important A-League game fixture Melbourne City on Friday night.

The Jets are approaching that critical tipping point in the season where time begins to run out. The side have looked on the verge of achieving something all season, but have failed to capitalise fully on their potential.

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Despite a glum mood around the team immediately after their frustrating draw, Merrick noted the importance of maintaining a positive outlook.

“The attitude amongst the players is fantastic. We’re very optimistic, we keep bouncing back and showing our resilience.

“There’s no team really that has walked over us, and we’ll continue to do that until the end of the season.”

Of course the team will do everything they can to qualify for the finals series. But every time the Jets drop points, they become more reliant on external results going their way which isn’t the most effective approach in mounting a finals challenge.

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Knowing Ernie Merrick and the spirit of this current Jets side, they won’t give up until it’s mathematically impossible to qualify.

“We have another nine games to go, so there’s still a chance for us to make the finals, and we’ll do our best to achieve that.

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