Jets coach Ash Wilson has pointed at Victory’s ‘desperation’ to make the 2019/20 finals series, and her side’s “disappointing” response, as a key factor in the 7–0 shellacking at Newcastle’s No.2 Sportsground on Sunday afternoon.
Wilson, who Newcastle has confirmed will see out the rest of the club’s W-League campaign to avoid any more disruptions at the top, said she didn’t want to make any excuses for the team’s “disappointing” runout, but knows her side can be better.
From [Victory’s] point of view, I told the girls they were going to come out strong because they did have that big loss to City and for them to be able to cement their spot in the top four, they were playing for big prizes,” Wilson said, as reported by the Herald.
“The way they came out was just a mix of that desperation and that experience. They showed a lot of experience all over the park and just showed a lot of strength.”
As well as Melbourne’s “unstoppable” energy on the park, which scored them two goals in the opening ten minutes of the match, and five more across the final eighty, Wilson knows her side just wasn’t up to par in their penultimate match.
“We were really excited to be playing at home in front of our home crowd and I think we’d taken a lot of confidence from our Adelaide game and there was a lot of positivity going into this game… but little things that we asked the girl to do probably weren’t executed the way that we wanted them to be executed,” she explained.
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The Jets now brace for their final trial, the battle with the Lady Reds, on Thursday evening in Adelaide. Win, and the Novocastrian squad avoids the wooden spoon. Lose, or even draw now, and the W-League’s bottom spot beckons for Newcastle.
“We’ll go back to the drawing board from here and just move on because at the end of the day we’ve got to play Adelaide,” the Jets boss said of the team’s “mentality reset” heading into their last-round fixture.
“We’ve got a couple of training sessions in between so we need to make sure that we learn from this but move forward. For us we’re still wanting to finish up as high as we can, so a win against Adelaide is a must.”