Brewer: We should still be very proud

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Despite a finals berth off the table, Hannah Brewer says she is nothing but proud of the Newcastle Jets performance this season.

Newcastle started their 2019/20 W-League season full of optimism but have suffered back-to-back losses which quickly put their position in the top four in perils.

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Yet the Jets’ defender said there was still a lot of positives the squad could take away from the season.

“We’ve had our challenges throughout the season but I think we should still be very proud,” Brewer said.

“The W-League is a tough competition and every year it’s improving and getting stronger but I’m nothing but proud of what we’ve done.

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“We didn’t have our international and national players but our young girls have stood up and filled those spots in our games.”

The Jets did not sign any international players this season and instead have relied on younger players and homegrown talent such as Gema Simon, the side’s only regularly capped Matilda.

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The Jet have two more games left this season and sit seventh on the ladder, just two points above Perth Glory.

Newcastle’s defensive third has the most experience and has been the best part of the squad this season, with Brewer playing a part in that success.

Despite defence being their saving grace, Newcastle have become their own worst enemy when it comes to creating chances in their attacking third.

The Jets have struggled to convert their attacking plays into goals. However, their last match against Adelaide United demonstrated their focus on improving their attack.

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It was a match not worthy of two teams at the bottom of the ladder and a clear insight into how cohesive the Jets can be.

While they will not make their way into the final four, Brewer said they were working hard to win as many games as possible before the season came to an end.

“We want to finish off strong and get as many wins as we can,” she said.

“We’ve got another two games and we want to take the three points from both.”

In order to fulfil Brewer’s vision of finishing the season strong, the Jets will need to beat fourth-placed Melbourne Victory and last-placed Adelaide in upcoming weeks.

Feature Image Credit: Newcastle Jets

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Football enthusiast and student journalist, covering Western United for the 2019/20 A-League season