Ritter backing Jets to keep momentum

Dominik Ritter believes the Jets have what it takes to maintain their good start and be a contender this A-League season.

Hunter Ports Newcastle Jets defender Dominik Ritter believes the Jets have what it takes to maintain their good start to the season and be a contender in the A-League this campaign.

The Jets have won four of their first six matches, which leaves them sitting in third place, just a point behind competition leaders Central Coast Mariners.

Ritter said it was up to the Jets to make sure they continued their good form as the season wore on.

“Always at the beginning of the season there are some teams with a better start who are at the top and there are other teams who just need some more weeks,” he said.

“I think you-ll be able to see after a couple of months which teams are going to be on the top and which teams are not.

“I think our team, with the type of players we have are going to be around the top.”

Ritter said the Jets are continuing to progress on a weekly basis, as each member of the sqaud becomes more in-tune with the footballing strengths and weaknesses of their teammates.

“Every week is getting better. The first couple of games everyone has to get to know each other and how they play, but I think we-re improving every week,” Ritter said.

“We were unlucky we didn-t get some points against Perth, but it was a good reaction and a good answer against the Wanderers.

“I think the spirit of the team is every good, everyone goes for each other and if we can improve our football and keep the results positive it will be good.

“I think it-s very important just for our confidence as well. The way we play, the way we perform and go for each other and still win even if we don-t play the best football we can, that-s the positive thing.

“Around that we have to improve our football. We can play good football, we showed that in pre-season and I think we-re improving every week and I-m sure we-re going to get better.”

The Jets- next task is to defeat a Wellington Phoenix team hungry for points after losing their last three A-League fixtures.

“They play some good football, but we-re at home and we want to be a strong team at home with our crowd behind us, so we-re looking forward to it,” Ritter said.

“I-ve seen them a few times since the season started and of course they-ve got a good team, they-ve got good players, especially up front.

They-re quite a solid team, but I think if we perform the way we should with our crowd at home we should get the points.”

Match details: Newcastle Jets v Wellington Phoenix Hunter Stadium Sunday, November 18 Kick-off 3pm (Gates open 2pm) Tickets available from PROticket

Following the conclusion of Sunday-s fixture, children will have the opportunity to have a kick-around on the Hunter Stadium turf.