Stubbins: The Jets are hurting

Newcastle Jets coach Phil Stubbins says his players are hurting after the heavy loss to Wellington and are keen to rectify things against Perth.

The Jets were handed their second loss of the season, a 4-1 result in New Zealand, to leave them with one point from their first three games.

Newcastle dominated possession against the Phoenix but were cut to shreds on the counter.

“I see the game last week as a poor result when considering our performances in comparison to the two previous weeks, where you might possibly say that on another day in both games we might have taken all three points, with respect,” Stubbins told FourFourTwo.

“That said, we didn't, so we'll just keep working hard to become more efficient in everything we do to change the ledger in our favour during future close games.

“We all know we let our standards drop in the game against the Nix with credit going to them by attaining the result against us.

“However, we also know as a group that the game wasn't to an acceptable level that we've set against ourselves prior to that loss and the players are hurting for that.”

The Jets will play their first home game of the season against Melbourne Victory next weekend, with the pitch at Hunter Stadium being resurfaced, but Stubbins is hopeful his side can snare some points in Perth on Saturday.

“Our training environment has been very good to this point and we're heading to Perth in a good mental state ready for a game against a strong team who will be buoyed by their midweek win against Melbourne Victory, and a team you'd expect to be confident in anticipation of another home game,” he said.

“For us this will be our last away trip of the four we've had to endure to date and, although we'll be grateful to head back to Newcastle knowing our next game is at home.

“We also know we have to do better than we did last week if we're going to stand any chance of achieving a successful outcome in the West.

“Points here would be a tremendous lift for the group and although you don't deserve anything in life unless your prepared to work for it, I certainly feel the boys have worked hard enough to deserve something going their way. Hopefully it's this weekend.”

Stubbins will rotate his squad for the Glory game with Marcos Flores and Scott Neville to be rested. Jeronimo Neumman is pushing for a starting position up front.

“In consideration of all the travel we'll be circulating the squad this weekend and the good thing for the club now is that we're very close to attaining a full list of players to choose from, which I'm hopeful could happen by next week’s game,” Stubbins said.

“It will be fantastic for everyone to know that we have a full compliment available for selection.

“The players that have stood up so far during the first four away games. They have done a fantastic job in difficult circumstances and need praise for their efforts but it's going to be a nice feeling when there are genuine selection problems because of everyone's availability.”