Newcastle head coach Phil Stubbins has implored Jets fans to stick by the team after a dismal 4-0 loss against Brisbane Roar.Newcastle head coach Phil Stubbins has implored Jets fans to stick by the team after a dismal 4-0 loss against Brisbane Roar.
The defeat meant the Hunter club has yet to register a win in six rounds of the A-League, with two draws and four losses in the new season.
The Jets next take on Asian Champions League winners Western Sydney, also winless this campaign, at Pirtek Stadium on Saturday night.
Stubbins told FourFourTwo that his squad needs to show the Jets faithful that they can provide a performance worthy of their support.
“As professionals it always hurts when you get beat,” he said.
“With credit going to Brisbane for their performance everyone knows that we can do better than what we showed last Friday night.
“We’re all hurting, that’s for sure, but it’s behind us now and we need to remain positive.
“It must also be said that this and the Phoenix loss aside we’ve actually been in a position to win every other game.
“We haven’t been too far away and need to recognise that with a genuinely committed performance, and small improvements in the areas we need to work on that the wins and more importantly the belief will come.
“There’s no sympathy in this league and we need to show our supporters that we can provide a performance worthy of their support in the coming weeks as we look to build and show a genuinely positive reaction from this last outing.”
Stubbins has come under fire for some of his selections against the Roar, with Billy Celeski and Adrian Madaschi starting their first games of the season and central defender Kew Jaliens playing at right back.
“On Adrian Madaschi and Billy Celeski’s inclusion, we needed to get some game-time into them,” he said.
“They’ll be better for the run and it’s a good sign that they’ve had those minutes. We've had a depleted roster to deal with for pretty much the entirety of the pre- season and campaign to date.
“However, finally we’re starting to get that sorted and thankfully most of the boys are presenting for selection now, which can only be a good thing.
“I hate excuses but we haven’t had the same back four in two consecutive games to date for various reasons that hasn't been easy for the players, so hopefully we can find more cohesion in that area as we push on with a fuller list available.
“Kew's played there (right back) for the Dutch national team and it was felt after discussion with Kew that he was confident of fulfilling the role in Scott Neville's absence.
“As a group we simply fell short on the night. Kew Jaliens is a very experienced player and has done a terrific job for Newcastle Jets and will continue to do so.”
Scott Neville was unavailable for the Roar game while Andrew Hoole was away on Olyroos duty. Midfielder Johnny Steele is on indefinite leave.
Stubbins remains confident that the Jets can turn their season around.
“It must be said that we’re still a new group and we’re learning all the time,” he told FourFourTwo.
“Rome wasn’t built in a day as they say. If we look back at the A-League you can see that it takes time to work through things to get your team to the point where their a strongly competitive outfit in this competition. Take Perth Glory as a perfect example.
“We all believe in ourselves here at Newcastle Jets and I also believe that when everything comes together that we’ll be a threat to any team in the competition and we’ve shown that.
“We need to continue to work hard to improve. The most important thing for me is that we have a group together who are all prepared to work hard to improve.
“Don’t be too hasty to judge us just yet. It was only a week earlier that we had a two-goal lead against the tipster’s favourites to win the comp in Melbourne Victory.
“We're a very proud football club here at Newcastle Jets and my job is to equate performances for each and every supporter that mirrors their expectations as a follower of our club.
“We didn't do that last week but I'm asking that they stick by us as we're doing all we can to bring that pride back to the shirt.
“With a couple of wins things can turn very quickly in the A league. There's a very long way to go yet.”