Stubbins excited ahead of FFA Cup clash

Newcastle Jets head coach Phil Stubbins says he is looking for a strong showing from the Jets in their FFA Cup Round of 32 fixture against Perth Glory at Magic Park on Tuesday night.

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Stubbins said he hoped to see a performance from the Jets that represents the identity of the Club in his first competitive match as head coach.

“The importance of tomorrow night for us is how we play the game,” Stubbins said.

“In terms of the mentality we take to the table and trying to play with an identity that represents the Newcastle Jets shirt.

“If we win the game, fantastic and we’ll certainly be setting ourselves up to attain that victory, but at the end of the day it’ll be how I play that I’ll be looking most into.”

Stubbins said he expected a difficult test from the Glory, who drew 1-1 with Spanish La Liga side Malaga CF in their last hit-out.

“In terms of the balance and how they want to play, Perth have got a very strong team and they’re certainly going have a competitive edge going into the A-League,” Stubbins said.

“They’re probably a little bit in advance of ourselves in terms of their pre-season, but it’s a great opportunity for both teams to look at themselves in anger.

“We want to win the game and I’m sure that Perth do as well.”

Stubbins said it was difficult to settle on a starting XI for the match, with competition for spots within the Jets’ squad pushing

“There’s probably 14 or 15 players at the moment that could play in the first team, but you can only pick 11,” Stubbins said.

“I think everyone has done a fantastic job up until this point, so to say that it’s a cemented first XI is a bit of falsehood from my perspective.

There’s been some good showing at training again this morning and from players that want to stamp their authority and cement a first-team spot.”

Meanwhile, Stubbins said the appointment of former Dutch international Kew Jaliens as Jets captain for the 2014/15 Hyundai A-League season had been welcomed by all at the Club.

“After a lengthy period of having a good observation of everyone and what they bring to the table, we’ve chose Kew Jaliens,” Stubbins said.

“It’s an honour for him to be given the job and also from our perspective, we’re honoured to have him as out captain.

“He certainly brings all the attributes that we require as a leader at this Club.

“He’s a calm, level-headed guy and he’s very experienced in terms of football and his knowledge of football.

“He’s great around the group and he has great respect from not only the football squad, but everyone surrounding the Club itself.

“We’re very confident and happy that he’s capable of stepping in there and doing a fantastic job for the team.”

Jets Members are encouraged to pre-purchase their tickets to receive a discounted price of $12* for adults and $5* for juniors.

Limited tickets will be available on the day at the price of $17* for adults and $8* for juniors.

All tickets will be sold as General Admission, however there will be limited unreserved seating available.

CLICK HERE to purchase tickets for the Newcastle Jets' FFA Cup Round of 32 fixture against Perth Glory at Magic Park.

Newcastle Jets v Perth Glory

Kick-off 7.30pm (Gates open 6.30pm)

Magic Park, Broadmeadow