Neville excited for Glory challenge

Scott Neville says the Jets will draw on the positives of their last visit to Perth when they face the Glory at nib Stadium.

Hunter Ports Newcastle Jets defender Scott Neville says the Jets will draw on the positive aspects of their last visit to Perth, as they once again look to secure three points against the Glory at nib Stadium this Friday night.

Although Newcastle were defeated 3-2 when the two sides first met at nib Stadium in Round 5, the Jets impressed many with their performance.

Ex-Glory player Neville said the Jets would look to play a similar style of football at his old stomping ground on Friday night, but with the focus being on a different end result this time around.

“It will be good to go back home and see the family and friends and play in front of the Perth crowd,” Neville said.

“I think last time we played there we probably played some of the best football we-ve played this year.

“Hopefully we can go back there, play the same way, but pick up the points this time.

“What we learnt (from our last game against Perth) is that if we go and play our attacking game over there we can shake it up, get amongst them and definitely pick up some points.”

The Jets have not beaten the Glory in Perth since 2005 but Neville said there will be no better time to set the record straight than this weekend.

“It-s a long bus trip and a long flight, but I don-t think that will affect us at all,” he said.

“We-ve got a young squad and hopefully we can change the history and pick up the points.”

Neville said it is important that the Jets match the intensity of the Glory who are led by their inspirational and combative captain Jacob Burns.

“(Jacob) is a good leader and everyone respects him,” Neville explained.

“I think that shows on the pitch where he might win a good tackle that-s a 50-50 and that breeds confidence throughout the team.

“That-s the aggressive approach that they take to the game.

“We-ve got the same type of leaders with guys like Ruben Zadkovich, Josh Mitchell and Tiago who can do the same type of thing.

“If we can get amongst them early and show that type of leadership and confidence early on we-ll see them off.”

After a strong start to the season, one win from their last six matches has seen the Jets- progress stalled somewhat in recent weeks.

Neville said the Jets needed to regain the attacking mindset that was so successful for them during the early rounds.

“When the team is not doing so well, I think it affects everyone individually, but you-ve just got to try and keep your head up and play as positively as you can,” he said.

“Hopefully I can get forward a bit more, look to play forward and get a few more better balls into the box and get my confidence back up along with the team.

“When you-re not going so well and the fullbacks are pushed high, you can get exposed at the back and people ask where the marking is.

“On the flip side (you also have to think about) where they are going forward.

“We-ve just got to get the correct balance and go from there.”