Coaches Column

This week Gary van Egmond highlights the Jets' improvement as they prepare for the Victory at Ausgrid Stadium on Saturday night.

What a night…

Friday night-s match against Adelaide United was a positive one for the Newcastle Jets. It may have resulted in a nil-all draw at the end of 90 minutes, but we took away more than just points on the scoreboard that night.

The most obvious factor was the players putting an end to the away game streak of losses.

It may not have been the win we were all hoping for but the outlook on future games is now brighter, both for the players and those who are behinds us at every game - our Members.

A determined Jets side arrived ready to take on the Reds. We are taking huge steps forward with each game we play this season, showing determination and focus with quality time on the pitch.

With the past two games behind us and the chance to review them; the players have gained more confidence, using the skills and training we have given them and translating it into good old fashion football.

These matches may have resulted in a loss and a draw for the Club, but the field of play and the opportunities and basic control of the ball has improved by far.

Matches are result driven, performance is key; the gauge is how you play within your team for the time you are out there.

Our focus is on us - the Newcastle Jets team.

We take what we can from each game and build on the strong foundation we have, commending the effort and hard work the players are delivering.

We are now heading into the thick of the A-League season and with eight rounds behind us, it is still a fairly even scoreboard if you don-t take Brisbane Roar into consideration.

We all know, however, that one win is enough to make a difference with Melbourne Victory jumping up the ladder with their win over the weekend.

Saturday-s game should hopefully prove difficult for them to grab another three points, with the Jets boasting one of the best home grounds and our Members and supporters providing an electric atmosphere that most teams fear playing in front of.

The players are continuing to train well with Ben Kennedy back in full training and preparing for this weekend-s return. Seeing out the week, we will be concentrating on what we can control because time spent on what you can-t is time wasted.

I will leave you with a call to arms - take to the stands of Ausgrid Stadium this Saturday night and support your Newcastle Jets as we take those points and make them our own.

Gary