Newcastle Jets boss Scott Miller says his side will be setting finals football as their minimum expectation for the 2015/16 Hyundai A-League season following a six-day pre-season camp in Melbourne.
The Jets returned to Newcastle having only conceded one goal in their two competitive matchups during their trip to the Victorian capital after a 1-1 draw in a behind closed doors match with Melbourne City and 1-0 defeat of Victorian PS4 NPL side Bentleigh Greens.
“The principle (of the trip) was obviously to win and get that winning mentality,” Miller said.
“We had two games and the challenge for us was to put in performances in both games and we saw that.
“To concede one goal over the two games really underpins what we’re about this year -- being hard to beat.”
The Jets boss insists a top six finish is firmly in his side's sights following a five year absence from the competition's post-season.
“If you’re playing in the A-League and that’s (making the finals) not your ambition, you don’t deserve to play in the A-League,” Miller said.
Miller says that it’s important for the team to get matches under their belt in the coming weeks as he continues to assess players in multiple positions.
“It was great for me to see the players in context,” Miller said. “I used 17 players against Bentleigh Greens so I could see different personnel in different positions.
“Everything is still up for grabs and the starting team will pick itself in a sense depending on the player’s commitment, passion and the energy they show.
“It comes down to performance and potential but ultimately at this point every position is up for grabs.”
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