Glory sensing breakthrough win

Perth Glory's returning Socceroos Michael Thwaite and Scott Jamieson have backed the club to end its five-game winless streak at the expense of Newcastle Jets when the two sides meet at nib Stadium on Friday night.

Perth Glory's returning Socceroos Michael Thwaite and Scott Jamieson have backed the club to end its five-game winless streak at the expense of Newcastle Jets when the two sides meet at nib Stadium on Friday night.

The duo rejoined full training for the first time on Thursday after playing their part in helping Holger Osieck's side win through the East Asian Cup qualifying tournament in Hong Kong to secure a place in next year's finals.

And they are confident that they will soon be replicating that success at a domestic level.

"It's a pretty big game," said Jamieson.

"If we can get a win and follow it with two or three more, we'll be right back in the mix.

"They (Newcastle) are struggling, we've had a bit of an indifferent patch, so it's a bit juicier than normal and hopefully we can get the result.

"We're creating the chances, now it's about taking them."

"Defensively we've been quite well structured," added Thwaite.

"Maybe it's time to be a bit ruthless up top, express ourselves a bit better and show that desperation to score a goal.

"I watched our games against Heart and Victory on the internet when we were over in Hong Kong and obviously I wasn't real happy with the outcomes, but I don't feel we deserved to lose either of those games.

"Both teams created chances and unfortunately we copped a goal in each game and hopefully we can shut that up quick smart and start scoring at the other end."

Finding the net has certainly become a major concern for Glory, who have scored just twice in their last five games, prompting coach Ian Ferguson to vow to mix up his attacking options this week.

And Jamieson feels whoever gets the nod up front will be well capable of opening up the Jets defence.

"I think we've got the goalscorers here," he said.

"If you look at Billy (Mehmet), Smeltzy (Shane Smeltz) and Doddsy (Travis Dodd), they've all proven in the past that they're goalscorers.

"Sometimes you go through a patch where you don't score and I think collectively as a team we can try and help them.

"I'm not worried, I know it'll come and hopefully when it rains, it pours."

Thwaite, meanwhile, is looking forward to pitting his wits against Newcastle's marquee man Emile Heskey, who has also found goals hard to come by recently, scoring just once in his last six appearances.

"It's exciting for me personally to mark Emile," he said.

"He is a world class player and hopefully we'll look to shut him down and shut the service to him down as well.

"Stopping the crosses to him is vital.

"He's always poaching in that central area and it's important to limit his space and time on the ball.

"I think the last time we played them we held off in the first part of the game and they got a bit on top of us, so we'll change that mentality this time.

"I think in that first passage of the game we really need to come to them and pressurise them."

Key midfielder Liam Miller is set to return to Glory's starting eleven on Friday having missed the last two games due to a back problem, but central defender Steve Pantelidis remains a doubt as he battles to overcome a toe injury.