They’ve just beaten A-League frontrunners Brisbane and Newcastle are hoping it propels them to another win when they face Sydney FC.
Hot off beating A-League leaders Brisbane, a confident Newcastle have Sydney FC in their sights as they look to continue their late finals charge.
The Jets ended their seven-game winless run overcoming the Roar 1-0 last week and coach Clayton Zane is hoping the victory will propel them to another over the Sky Blues at Hunter Stadium.
“It’s always nice to pick three points up and, when it’s against the competition leaders, it leaves us with a lot more belief and it’s going to be the springboard to hopefully getting another result this weekend,” he said.
Sydney also posted a desperately needed win last week beating Adelaide 2-1 to alleviate some of the pressure mounting on under-fire coach Frank Farina, who has frustrated fans calling for his head and is set to lose his job if the Sky Blues don’t secure a top-four finish.
The victory left Sydney just hanging onto sixth place with the Jets and Wellington only two points behind with only eight games reaming.
And Zane knows they won’t go down easily.
“They’re fighting to keep their coach’s job,” he said.
“It looked to me on the weekend that they had a team that was going to come out and fight for their coach and I’d assume this week it will be the same because they’re not out of the woods yet.”
Striker Ryan Griffiths returns from his two-game suspension after receiving a red card in his homecoming game against Western Sydney.
However, with young gun Adam Taggart combining well with marquee forward Emile Heskey, Zane is likely to use him off the bench on Saturday while fellow recruit, Socceroo defender David Carney, might also be used as a substitute.
“Carney is definitely one for off the bench and also Joel Griffiths hasn’t got a full 90 under his belt either so they’re two we still need to manage but they’re both available for selection this week,” Zane said.
Zane said Taylor Regan or Conner Chapman would come in for suspended defender Kew Jaliens while right-back Josh Brillante had been handed the unenviable task of marking Sydney’s Italian maestro Alessandro Del Piero.
Farina confirmed Nick Carle will sit out Saturday’s clash with a groin strain, while he’ll have to replace injured midfielder Milos Dimitrijevic (quad), with Hagi Gligor likely to start instead.
Centre-back Sasa Ognenovski and forward Terry Antonis will start again this week after both impressed against Perth, while Farina will also hand a debut to 19-year-old defender Themba Muata-Marlow who will start at right-back.