Jets staying focused on task at hand


Craig Deans says the Jets have already shifted their focus to Sunday’s clash with Perth after an impressive win over Wellington.

Hunter Ports Newcastle Jets assistant coach Craig Deans says the Jets have already shifted their focus to Sunday-s clash with Perth Glory at nib Stadium after an impressive 5-0 win over Wellington Phoenix last weekend.

The Jets recorded the Club-s biggest ever margin of victory in their thrashing of Wellington, but Deans said rather than spending too much time savouring that performance, the Jets had already turned their attention to Sunday-s fixture in Perth.

“We-ve said it for the last eight or nine weeks now, that we-re just taking it one week at a time,” Deans said,

“It might be a bit boring for people, but it-s not in our best interests to look two, three or four games ahead.

“Last weekend-s game is done, we enjoyed it over the weekend, but now we-re back in training and focused on the game against Perth.”

Newcastle have not won in Perth since the inaugural Hyundai A-League season, but Deans said the Jets would take plenty of confidence into this fixture after their resounding win over Wellington.

“The fact that we scored five goals and kept a clean sheet as well is very good for the whole group,” Deans said.

“We-ll go to Perth this weekend knowing what we-re going to come up against and what we want to do.

“I think it-s important for us to start the game as well as we did last weekend and if we can get the first goal and get it early, it will be a big boost to our confidence and knock them back a bit.

“I know the crowd over there are starting to get a bit restless, so I think the quicker we can get on top in the game and put them under some pressure, the better.”

Deans said the Jets coaching staff were extremely pleased with the current balance of the side.

“The back four plus Zenon and Ruben have been very solid now for a number of weeks and the fact that we-ve been able to get Carney, Griffiths, Heskey and Taggart into the side has helped,” Deans said.

“The work of the other six have made it easier for the front four, so we just need to make sure that we continue to stay tight and disciplined at the back and that will allow the guys in the attacking third to show what they-ve got.

“They-re talented players with the ability to score goals and that-s what we saw on the weekend.”