A-League: Consistency key as Jets eye more records

DYNAMIC DUO: Daniel Georgievski takes on Dimi Petratos at Jets training. Picture: Marina Neil
DYNAMIC DUO: Daniel Georgievski takes on Dimi Petratos at Jets training. Picture: Marina Neil

HIGH-OCTANE Jets defender Daniel Georgievski is not into ladder watching nor does he place a great emphasis on history.

However, the former championship winner at Melbourne Victory does know the importance of consistency heading into the finals.

And he insists that is the Jets’ focus in the final five rounds, starting with a trip to take on Wellington Phoenix at QBE Stadium in Auckland on Saturday.

“Everyone wants consistency,” Georgievski said. “It is all about the performance for us. It is not as though we are chasing anything or are trying to get away from anyone. We are focusing on us.

“We are going to make mistakes and as long as we learn from the mistakes, that is the main thing. Come the finals, hopefully there will be no mistakes.”

The Jets suffered a 3-2 loss to Wellington in their last meeting at McDonald Jones Stadium. It wasn’t a poor performance – the home side had more possession, more shots on goal and more corners – but they paid the price for wasteful finishing and a couple of defensive errors.

Asked where the Jets needed to improve, Georgievski said: “It’s everything not one specific thing. If we look back at the Wellington game here, we just didn’t finish our chances. We were disappointed with the loss but we learnt from it and are not going to repeat it. We plan to go across the ditch and show it was a one-off.”

New Zealand hasn’t been a happy hunting ground for the Jets. They have recorded just three wins in 17 trips to the Kiwi capital. This game is being played in Auckland where they have a better strike rate – a win and two draws – but that was against the New Zealand Knights.

“Didn’t we have a horrible record against Sydney, we drew and won against them?” Georgievski said. “Records are there to be changed. That is what we have been doing this year. We have scored a goal every game, which is a record in itself. Who would have thought Newcastle would set that? This year is definitely a year of change for Newcastle from previous years. We are going to keep trying to change the record books. It’s not our main goal but if it is there to be had we will take it.”