Newcastle will get a true test of their A-League credentials when they host early season A-League pacesetter Brisbane at Hunter Stadium on Sunday.
Unbeaten in four games, Newcastle will get the sternest test yet of their A-League credentials when they host early season pacesetters Brisbane at Hunter Stadium on Sunday.
The Jets followed up a first game loss at Sydney FC with three straight draws before recording their first win of the season away to Adelaide in the last round.
Brisbane have won four of their first five games despite missing a number of key players due to injury.
Shane Stefanutto and Besart Berisha both remain sidelined with a hamstring injury, while Liam Miller continues to battle with a calf problem.
They have lost Matt McKay and Ivan Franjic to the Socceroo squad, but fellow Socceroo Jade North makes a timely return from injury.
“They will probably fancy their chances a little bit more as we might seem weaker in their eyes and I can assure you we are not,” Roar coach Mike Mulvey said. “We will be going down there to try and win the game.”
Jets assistant coach Craig Deans stressed his team won’t be taking the depleted Roar lightly.
“Brisbane is always a tough team to play even though theyre a few players short of their best starting eleven,” Deans said.
“Theyre always a tough challenge and theyre a physically fit side.
“Technically theyre up the top of the league in terms of their style of play.
“But the last two or three times we’ve played them at home there’s only been a goal in it either way, so that’s something that gives us confidence.”
Brisbane haven’t scored in their last two matches at Hunter Stadium.