Frustrated and angry Newcastle Jets’ coach Ernie Merrick has promised changes to his team as he fears they will miss the Grand Final if they don’t snap out of a troubling funk.
The Jets have just one regular season game left to get back on track after suffering their third consecutive defeat and conceding 10 goals in the process, this time at the hands of Perth Glory at McDonald Jones Stadium on Friday night.
The match ended 2-0 after after a penalty to Diego Castro in the 9th minute and a well-worked goal to Adam Taggart in the 27th, fifth goal in the last six games against his former club, left the homeside goalless for their second straight game.
Taggart also set a new record for the most consecutive number of goals at McDonald Jones Stadium with seven.
“I’m not putting that side out again,” the Jets boss said.
“We have two more games left, and the way we are playing that will be it, finished,” Merrick fumed.
“We won’t be playing in a grand final. Not if we are going to play like that. The sooner the boys get that message the better. If we play like that in the finals it will be embarrassing. But if we can get the majority of the players up to about 80 percent of what they are capable of, we will the semi-final.”
Next weekend the Jets play Central Coast Mariners, but after Ronny Vargas and Wayne Brown sustained groin and calf problems during Friday’s match, Merrick will be forced to make changes to the starting the team.
The Jets are assured of second place but are out of form with three-consecutive losses, whilst for Perth the result saw them move level on 32 points with sixth-placed Brisbane ahead of Brisbane’s match with Western Sydney on Saturday.