Wary Jets buckle up for aggro in Perth

JETS defender Scott Neville does not expect Perth Glory captain Jacob Burns to tone down his aggression at nib Stadium on Friday night - he doesn't know any other way.

Burns has been at the centre of a furore over a half-time altercation with Heart coach John Aloisi at AAMI Park on Saturday.

The feisty midfielder exchanged heated words with Aloisi as they walked down the tunnel and at one point the pair had to be separated.

Burns was furious that Aloisi had complained to the match officials about the Glory's physical approach.

Neville spent three years alongside Burns at the Glory before joining the Jets this season.

"Burnsy will go about his business the same way," Neville said.

"He might pick up a yellow here or there. That's the way he plays.

"He is a good leader and has everyone's respect."

Glory coach Ian Ferguson backed his skipper on Monday, slamming the constant criticism of his side's physicality.

Perth, especially since Ferguson took the reins, have thrived on a siege mentality.

It goes hand-in-hand with their physical game and helped take them all the way to the A-League grand final last season.

"I guess it is because they are the only WA team, and the closest team to them is Adelaide," Neville said.

"They feel like they get hard done by with the decision and the publicity as well.

"They are a very tight-knit unit and work for each other.

"They play within the laws. They have some players in Jacob Burns and other senior players who throw themselves about and use their experience.

"We have the same type of leaders in Ruben Zadkovich, Josh Mitchell and Tiago."

Burns missed the 3-2 win over the Jets in round five with a hamstring injury.

The Glory haven't won a game since and sit in eighth place on 10 points, a win behind the Jets, who have also been struggling of late.

Newcastle's last win was an unconvincing 2-1 result over Western Sydney in round six.

They welcome back Ryan Griffiths and Mitchell from suspension for the trip west.

Brazilian Tiago has also resumed full training after a heel injury and is in line for a recall alongside Mitchell in the centre of defence.

The Jets spent an hour yesterday studying a video of the 2-0 loss to Central Coast Mariners.

Most of the focus was on transition and defensive lapses.

"When you are not going so well and the fullbacks are pushed high and you get exposed at the back, people say 'where is the marking'," Neville said.

"On the flipside, when we don't push forward they say 'where are we?'

"We just have to get that balance right. When one goes forward the other has to drop.

"It is a whole team unit. It is not just defence, it is not just midfield.

"It is everyone as a team unit and that was part of the video today."

Griffiths is expected to be moved to a central role, nearer to marquee man Emile Heskey, against the Glory, with Craig Goodwin likely to stay on the left wing.

"I have gone out wide in the last few weeks and Gary [van Egmond] has tried a few things," Griffiths said.

"I really enjoyed it when I was playing next to Emile and I'm pretty sure I will be closer to him this week.

"That is where I have been scoring the goals and he has been scoring the goals.

"Hopefully we can get it back to where we started off."

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