Newcastle Jets defender Jason Hoffman has called on his team-mates to not dwell on the past in the wake of their 6-1 defeat at the hands of Perth Glory.
Hoffman, who made his return to Newcastle after four seasons with Melbourne City, said the team was equally dishearted but hoped that they could put the result behind them.
“The way we started I thought that we left off where we were against Wellington the week before,” Hoffman said.
“The first 15, 20 (minutes) were great. We had a number of chances, took the lead, but then we switched off and allowed Perth back into the game.”
“They picked us apart just before half time and going into the second half we didn’t recover from losing a man and going 2-1 down.”
Hoffman added: “To lose at home again is obviously very disappointing (and) to lose our captain for next week is disappointing.”
“But sometimes it’s just better to realise that it’s not good enough, try to be positive and move on to what’s going to be a tough game away to Adelaide.”
Hoffman empathised with fans, some of which who left early, for the quality of the performance his side provided against the Glory.
“We feel for the fans and we try and represent them with pride,” Hoffman said.
“We have that sense of home here and we don’t want to let them down.”
“It’s understandable that they’re frustrated but I can tell you that no one is more frustrated than the playing group themselves and the coaching staff.”
“We have to try and lift and be positive, and hopefully we can turn it around against Adelaide [this weekend].”
Newcastle Jets play Adelaide United at Coopers Stadium on Sunday and while the two sides have met twice so far this campaign - once in Adelaide, once in Newcastle - both games endd in a draw.
Adelaide United vs. Newcastle Jets – Hyundai A-League 2015/16 Round 17
Sunday 31 January 2016
Coopers Stadium, Adelaide
Kick-off: 4:30pm (local); 5:30pm (AEDT)
TV: Live on Fox Sports 505
Radio: Live on 1233 ABC Newcastle and ABC Grandstand
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