Wilson wants the Jets to stop relying on Tara Andrews

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The legendary hometown striker Tara Andrews achieved a new personal best when she scored her third goal in three games against Brisbane Roar on Sunday.

The 26-year-old claimed the first goal of the night before Matilda Emily Gielnik equalised the playing field in the second half, resulting in a 1-1 draw for both sides.

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Despite Andrews’ goal-scoring success, Newcastle coach Ash Wilson is pushing for other members of the squad to covert their opportunities into tallies on the scorecard. 

“Tara scored three goals in three games but we need other people to score as well. 

“We can’t just keep replying on Tara. We need to be composed in front of the goal and a bit more ruthless,” said Wilson. 

Newcastle had 28 balls in the box and a total of 15 shots on target. Former Brisbane player Sunny Franco and Sophie Harding were both hungry for the net but couldn’t land the result.

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“You may not get that many chances against teams so right now it’s about making sure we’re not losing our composure.

“For a couple of girls it’s their first season of playing W-League up front and we’re trying to build a belief into them,” said Wilson.

Although unsuccessful in securing the three points, Wilson has walked away proud of her team’s strong performance against a team which is dubbed to be a top four contender. 

“It was one of our best performances so far, particularly in that first half.

“To be able to control a game that much, especially against a team with three Matildas who have been together for awhile, it was our strongest,” she said. 

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Alisha Bass earned props from the coach for her defensive role in holding the backline’s fort. The changes giving the girls in the midfield more of those critical opportunities.

“She was defensively strong, she would win the ball, she was able to maintain possession from that and covered a lot. 

“It gave Cass [Cassidy Davis] a chance to move up and contribute to the midfield,” Ash said.

The Jets are looking to take Sunday’s confidence play style into round four when they encounter the Western Sydney Wanderers for a second time.

Featured image credit: Sproule Sports Focus / Newcastle Jets

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Covering the Newcastle Jets for the 2020/21 season. Bachelor of Communications (Journalism) and Bachelor of Arts in International Studies (Germany) at the University of Technology Sydney. Seven days without playing football can make one weak!