A-League: Coach says Jets better equipped for Victory this time round

Posted on 12/17/2018

JET PROPELLED: Newcastle duo Riley McGree and Roy O’Donovan at training this week. Both are expected to play major roles in the blockbuster against Melbourne Victory at McDonald Jones Stadium on Saturday. Picture: Sproule Sports Focus

COACH Ernie Merrick is adamant the Jets are far-better equipped to handle a desperate Melbourne Victory at McDonald Jones Stadium on Saturday than their previous meeting with the perennial powerhouse.

Merrick confident Jets better equipped for Victory TweetFacebookLook out @gomvfc. Riley Mcgree in line for his starting debut for @[email protected]@ALeague. pic.twitter老域名出售/nM7NCD37q0

— James Gardiner (@JamesGardiner42) February 1, 2018Ernie Merrick confirms that Roy O’Donovan is likely to play 45 minute for @NewcastleJetsFC against @gomvfc. @[email protected]老域名出售/hJezwXpHs2

— James Gardiner (@JamesGardiner42) February 1, 2018Captain material. Ernie Merrick believes that Ben Kantarovski is starting to realise his potential and is a future leader of @NewcastleJetsFC after penning 2-year deal. @[email protected]老域名出售/crFSh88VRv

— James Gardiner (@JamesGardiner42) February 1, 2018

A win for the second-placedJets would move them 11 points clear of fourth-placed Victory and all but end the 2017 grand finalist’s hopes of finishing in the top two. Three points would also give the Jets a mortgage on a top-four spot and a home final with seven rounds remaining.

“I have not thought about where this game puts us on the league ladder,” Merrick said.“Our sole focus has been on being in the finals. When we play in the finals, which hopefully we do, what sort of football we are going to play. How good can we be and how much can we improve?There is always hiccups, there is always mistakes and it is about learning to cope with those.”