Danny Vukovic is confident Melbourne Victory can snap their five-game winless run against the Jets on Sunday despite a horror record at Hunter Stadium in recent years.
Victory have failed to win in Newcastle since October 2009, with the Jets winning the two most recent encounters between the teams.
“I don’t believe in hoodoos, or anything like that,” Vukovic told the media on Thursday.
“Certainly, it’s a tough place to go. It’s just up to us to find the solutions to the problems that they’re going to pose to us.
“We’re training well, so we’re quietly confident we can go and do a job over there.”
This is the second time the sides have met at Hunter Stadium in 2015/16, with a David Carney stunner handing the Jets a 1-0 win in Round 3.
“It’s a good chance on Sunday to get a good result, and start the year off well,” Vukovic said.
“We want to stay as positive as possible, and certainly in the five games we haven’t won, if things had have gone a little bit differently, things could’ve been more positive, results wise.
“We’re going to remain positive – take the positives out of all those games, and try to rectify things this Sunday.”
On his own form in goals so far this season, Vukovic said there was room for improvement.
“I know I’ve got a lot better in me, and me at my best will certainly help this team be the best it can be,” he said.
“I’ve been a little bit disappointed with how I’ve been going, but everyone has their ups and downs.
“It’s just hard work, and that’s all I know. I love training, and working hard, and that’s what we’ve been doing.”