Dream return for Wheelhouse

Jobe Wheelhouse's return to the starting 11 has seen the Jets captain score two goals in as many weeks.

Having spent over a month on the sideline with an infection in his foot, Jobe Wheelhouse has made a dream return to the starting 11, with the Hunter Ports Newcastle Jets captain scoring his second goal in as many weeks during the Jets 1-0 win over Brisbane Roar on Saturday night.

“It is a couple in two games now, I am not used to it but I am looking forward to maybe playing the 10 a little bit more and having a few more opportunities,” Wheelhouse said.

The Jets first win away from home, sees the team move to seventh position on the competition ladder and with only eight games left until the finals, Wheelhouse-s return has come at the perfect time for the club.

“Jobe has some real attributes and always has sound passing which in turn can be transferred into finishing,” coach Gary van Egmond explained.

“He puts his hand up whatever position he plays and has a big affect on the game.

“What is really good about Jobe is his flexibility and ability to play an 8 as a 10 and as a 6 and we now need to work on getting some consistency for him in regards to position, which isn-t always easy because of suspension, injuries and international duties but we have to try and balance it out.”

Wheelhouse is hoping the team will build on their performance against Roar when they travel to Sydney on Saturday for their week 18 game against Sydney FC.

“We have played well at times and got nothing out of it and if we keep working hard the results will come,” he added.

“We worked hard in the second half against Wellington Phoenix and should have gotten the result and tonight we worked hard for 90 minutes and were rewarded.

“We came to Queensland knowing it was going to be a hard game, they are a quality side and I don-t think anyone expects to come here and dominate Roar.

“We are really happy with the result and hopefully we can kick on from here.”