Newcastle coach Ash Wilson wants her A-League Women’s team to play quality football in the final when they face low-key Canberra.
The Jets host a Canberra team on Sunday that is without wins from their first six games this season.
Canberra’s last match was a humiliating 6-0 defeat at the hands of league leaders Sydney FC with rookie team Wellington as the only team to keep them from bottom.
Wilson said the Jets, returning from a three-week COVID forced break to play 1-1 against Perth in their last game fourteen days ago, could not go into their clash with Canberra and believe their opponents will tip over.
“The reality for Canberra is that they have been in a lot of big fights,” she said.
“Even in their big loss to Sydney it could have been 2-2 in the 60th minute.
“They create a lot of chances and their scores do not reflect their intensity, which I think they will bring.
“We have to be at our best, it’s an important battle for us.
“You continue to win matches against the teams around you, and below you stay connected with the top four. If we do not secure the three points, then we do it to our detriment.”
Wilson’s side have matches up their sleeve in the coming weeks due to the COVID break, which will prove practical in their attempt to close the gap to Adelaide, Perth and Melbourne Victory.
But the Jets boss was wary of relying on other teams slipping to determine if they made the top four.
“We’ve talked about this game and the competition being in our hands,” she said.
“Some of the teams around us are two games ahead of us. It starts with making sure we win every game and get the maximum number of points.
“You do not want to rely on other teams to seal your fate. For us, it’s about concentrating on ourselves and doing everything we can to win.”
Australian Associated Press