Preview: Bouncing into form at home

We’ve got a shot to go five straight over the Central Coast Mariners in the #F3Derby on Wednesday.

History was made in December when we were the first of the two to go four straight, when Hoffy and Ronny struck to steal a 2-1 victory.

It’s been tough going these past weeks in terms of results, with just a goal separating the Jets and their opponents in the last three outings.

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They’ve all been outings which saw us take to the open road, with a pair of journeys to Melbourne and a bus to Sydney among them.

Now we’re midway through what’s a hectic Hyundai A-League schedule, and some respite at home might just be what the boys need to pick up an all-too-important win.

Things were close last weekend in the 1-0 loss to Sydney at Jubilee Stadium, with a late first-half own-goal the difference.

Nigel Boogaard Sydney FC


Our opponents this weekend, the Central Coast Mariners, are enjoying a rare good run of form at the moment.

They nabbed their first win of the season against Melbourne City during last week, before backing it up with a 1-1 draw with Brisbane Roar on Sunday night.

Team news

Ernie’s squad was announced on Tuesday afternoon, with Jason Hoffman the only out from Saturday’s side.

On the ins is Daniel Georgievski, returning from a suspension due to accumulated yellow cards, and Mitch Austin.

The winger has been biding his time, gaining match fitness in the Foxtel Y-League and continuing to meet the high standards set by the boss, and is in the mix to earn a shot at some Hyundai A-League minutes.

In some more good news for the Jets, Glen Moss has been cleared to play after it was revealed his struggles in the latter stages of the Sydney game were down to cramp.

Glen Moss Sydney FC

From the boss

“We’re looking forward to playing a home game this weekend, because our next two are away,” Ernie said.

“It’s fortunate that we’ve got such a well-rounded team, we’ve got boys on the bench that are first-team players, really.

“I’m going to make a lot of changes for this game, and more changes for the Perth game. I’m not dropping anyone because of performance, the effort has been first class, I just think we were a bit flat against Sydney.

“We’ve got 39 points left to play for this season, and I feel as if we can go on a run of two or three games it’ll make a big difference. I’d love our crowds to come out, the bigger the crowd the better for us.”