It’s been three weeks since the Newcastle have last taken to the pitch in the W-League, and now the club returns with an all-important penultimate W-League clash against fourth-placed Melbourne Victory on Sunday afternoon.
While Victory are battling for a place in the league’s final four, and the playoffs, the Jets are simply fighting to avoid the bottom spot. It’s a tough spot for the team to be, Davis admits, especially after a series of strong performances netted zero points.
“After the first game against Melbourne City, some people took notice and were saying, ‘Maybe Newcastle will be tougher than we thought’,” Davis told the Herald ahead of the Round 14 meeting at Newcastle’s No.2 Sportsground.
“Then obviously we haven’t got a point off a top team since, so it’s definitely something we want to prove to those people watching that we can beat top-four teams.”
With just two chances left to collect points—and their final meeting coming against last-placed Adelaide—Davis added the whole team wants to “beat one of those top-four teams” to finish the season on a well-deserved high note.
“We’ve come close many times this season but it’s just those little things that have cost us in the end and we just need to make sure we’re better with that,” she said.
“It would be great to come away and know that we did beat one of those top-four teams. Victory is a great team, to take three points off them would be good confidence for the girls to finish off the season.”
Davis knows the battle against Victory will be no walk in the park. Last time the two met, Melbourne walked away with a 2–1 win, and the southern club has won four of their last five. Despite that, the 25-year-old said, the Jets want to do it “for the fans.”
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“We’re expecting a tough game against them – they’ve got some great players and they’ll be tough but we’ve got the advantage playing at home and we just need to make sure we keep working hard and keep fighting,” Davis said.
“The pressure is more on them because they need to stay up in terms of the top four and finals. We’re not playing for anything in terms of points and the ladder.
“What we are playing for, however, is for pride in ourselves and in the club and for the fans as well, so there’s a different type of pressure – pressure to make people proud and that’s a good thing.”
The Jets face Melbourne at No.2 Sportsground on Sunday from 4pm. According to the club, the first 100 fans through the gate will also get free general admission tickets to the Matildas’ Olympics qualifying match against Vietnam next month.