Wilson hopes Jets poor start will be a catalyst for next match

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Coach Ash Wilson is confident the two from two losses will be a catalyst for the Newcastle Jets to collect their first points of the campaign when they face Canberra United next week.

The Jets fell 2-1 to the Sky Blues, as the visitor’s dominance in the second half went unrivalled. Before two long range strikes from Taylor Ray and Rachel Lowe left the Jets trailing behind.

“It was very disappointing to concede in the first three minutes and then to concede towards the end,” said Wilson. 

“I expected a lot better with the ball from our girls. Too many cheap turnovers. Too many lost battles.”

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Hometown veteran Tara Andrews added another goal to her scorecard and was unlucky in converting a possible game-changing free kick into an equalising goal.

Defenders Hannah Brewer and Tessa Tamplin most notably held fort against Sydney’s Princess Ibini who caused serious concern in the attacking third.

Despite the unfavourable results, Wilson believes it will not impact the team morale heading into their round three clash. 

“The girls are good in terms of this is something that is not going to get them down.

“They have high standards of themselves as we have high standards for them and obviously things we’ve seen on the training pitch shows us they are capable of a lot more,” she said. 

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Wilson said she would make changes over the coming weeks to the squad’s structure if the results were not converted to victories. 

“It’s potentially something we’re going to look at. Different players impress me in different positions.

“That just shows the level of depth I think we have as a group. Obviously, the girls pull up and see how this week at training goes,” she said. 

Feature image credit: Sproule Sports Focus

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