A-League table of no concern to Deans as Jets eye quick response against Reds
Newcastle Jets slipped out of the top six in Matchweek 10, but that's of no concern to Craig Deans, who has focussed on the positives in the fallout of his side's disappointing 2-0 loss to Wellington Phoenix on Sunday night.
The deflating home defeat put an end to Newcastle's unbeaten run of five games. Beginning the Matchweek in sixth place, the Phoenix defeat sent Newcastle tumbling into ninth on the table, just two points above Melbourne City who face Western Sydney Wanderers on Tuesday night.
MATCH REPORT: Newcastle Jets 0-2 Wellington Phoenix
The Jets have now played the equal-most amount of games to date in the 2020/21 campaign (10), contributing to what could be viewed as a negative outlook for the Novocastrian side.
But Deans preferred to assess his side's predicament with the perspective of what's to come.
A first loss in six games saw Newcastle (11 points) move down a heavily congested table - with just three points separating the Jets from third-placed Brisbane - ahead of a Matchweek 11 showdown with Adelaide United at Coopers Stadium which the Jets can use to jump the Reds (13 points) with a win on the road.
"I think the table is pretty open," Deans said after his side's loss to Wellington.
"We could have been fourth if we won, we’re (ninth), so you’re talking about moving (five) places on the result of one game.
"The table is not worth talking about or getting carried away with.
"We certainly haven’t talked about it ourselves, all we spoke about was wanting to move up it, which we still do.
"We’ve got another game on Friday so we’ll look forward to that, and work hard in training (to) try and tidy up in the areas we weren’t good enough in (against Wellington)."
The Jets will prepare in the coming days to face Carl Veart's Adelaide outfit, who are high on confidence after a 3-2 win over Western Sydney Wanderers on the road.
After his side's lacklustre attacking display against Wellington Deans says his side will need to improve their offensive output against the Reds, who have conceded the most goals (18) of any side in the competition to date - a statistic which bodes well for the Jets who have scored the least (eight) of all twelve teams this season.
"We’ll go and review that game and have a look at the areas to work on and improve on," he said.
"We’ll do some homework on them, but we’re going to go to Adelaide wanting to win, I think we’re good enough to win, we just need to tidy up in a few areas and stay positive and keep working.
"We lost one game out of the last six, so it’s not the end of the world, but we’re very, very disappointed."
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