18/04/2024

Cass Davis is hopeful to play this weekend after being concussed against Melbourne City. (Image: Newcastle Jets)

Newcastle coach Ash Wilson isn’t reading much into last week’s 5-1 loss at the hands of Melbourne City, believing her girls are building nicely and have just been unlucky in the final third. Wilson’s confident that the morale around the squad is still high and ready to take on Melbourne Victory this Sunday.

It’ll be the first of four games inside thirteen days for Newcastle, culminating in a New Year’s Eve clash against Adelaide. The condensed fixture has given Wilson and her squad a chance to build some much-needed momentum going into the new year.

Ahead of their Victory clash, Jets’ coach Ash Wilson spoke candidly about her thoughts on her side’s season so far. Despite the results she believes they’ve played to their game plan perfectly, it’s just about keeping their eyes on the next target.

“I thought they were really good, I know it’s weird to say that when you look at the scoreline, but things just went against us today,” Wilson said.

“It just as easily could’ve been five all or even a positive result towards us. So we didn’t spend much time dwelling on the game at all.

“Looking towards this week now, our plan is just to keep improving on the stuff we do well. But we also need to work on some of the obvious areas of improvement.

“We’re still creating plenty of chances and getting into the right areas, we just need to be more clinical when we have those shots.”

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It was a tough weekend on the injury front for Newcastle, first-choice fullback Tessa Tamplin was late out of the squad with a leg strain, while captain Cass Davis came from the field at half-time with a concussion.

Wilson is doubtful that Tamplin will make the journey to Melbourne, which may mean another chance for 18-year-old Leia Puxty who made her first start last weekend. She also said that Davis “should be okay”, and they’re just “waiting for her to make it through Friday’s HIA (head injury assessment) protocol”.

Davis also spoke to the media on Thursday and expressed her disappointment at the result. She said it was hard to get her off the field and is hopeful to be back this weekend.

“I’m feeling alright now,” Davis said.

“It was just a mild concussion from heading the ball a little bit funny.

“I’m all good now, just need one more clearance from the doctor on Friday and I should be right to play on the weekend.

“It was hard for them to get me off, I didn’t think we deserved to be down 3-nil at that point. So it was a tough watch from the side-lines and I don’t think we deserved that final scoreline either.”

Both Davis and Wilson agree that the Jets have been unlucky in the final third when it comes to getting on the scoresheet. The Jets have had a league-high 132 penalty box entries this season for eight goals, however, Wilson believes the results will come in time.

“It’s about continually giving them opportunities in training so they can practice these scenarios,” Wilson said.

“It’s also about making sure they stay confident so they can back themselves in games to take the right shots.

“We want them to have the right mindset when they get into those positions that they know they’re capable of putting the chance away.”

Davis is confident if they can keep creating chances, goals will come. However, they need to improve defensively as well to get the results.

“All the stats show that the amount of times we’re in the box and chances we’re creating are at a high level,” Davis said.

“I’m not blaming anyone, but it’s just a team effort of making sure the ball either ends up in the back of the net or we’re finding clearer shots.

“It comes from the back and the midfield too, we’ve conceded two or more goals in every game, so it’s clear there are other areas for us to work on if we’re going to get the results.”

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