COACH Mark Jones remains confident the Jets will qualify for the finals off their own bat as top-six rivals Western Sydney face the possibility of being docked three competition points.
Wanderers have been issued a show cause notice after supporters unveiled a homophobic banner during their 1-0 win over Sydney FC on Saturday.
In February, Wanderers were fined $50,000 and incurred a suspended three-point penalty for bringing the game into disrepute after repeated instances of flares being lit by members of the Red and Black Bloc fan group.
Wanderers took their own action on Wednesday and moved to ban 14 supporters responsible for ther banner, which displayed Sydney coach Graham Arnold engaging in oral sex, and threatened to shut down the RBB.
Perth Glory were kicked out of the 2014-15 finals, despite finishing third, after being found guilty of beaching the salary cap by $400,000.
The Jets sit in seventh on 21 points, three points behind Wanderers, with seven rounds remaining.
“We do not want to rely on teams losing points,” Jones said. “Rules are rules, and we will take it if it happens, but I’ll be be extremely disappointed if we don’t stand up and do enough to make the six regardless. The big game is when we play Western Sydney [in round 25]. We want to be in a position where if we beat them we clear away.”
Meanwhile, Labinot Haliti staked a claim for a bench spot in Sunday’s F3 derby with a well-taken goal in a 2-all draw with Chinese Super League side Liaoning Whowin in a friendly at Ray Watt Oval on Wednesday.
Haliti made the last of three appearances in round nine after returning this season from a knee reconstruction. The striker reacted quickest at the near post after a Ma Leilei freekick skimmed off the head of a defender in the 17th minute. Aleksandr Kokko doubled the lead 15 minutes later with his first goal for the club, a shot which hit the leg of a defender and beat the keeper. Haliti could have had a hat-trick. He had a volley well saved and went close with a header.
The Jets, spearheaded by suspended trio Nigel Boogaard, Wayne Brown and Ma, controlled the game until the final 10 minutes when the team comprised of youth players.
Liaoning’s $13million man, Tony Ujah, won possession in the box and slotted a left foot shot. Then, on the stroke of full-time, the Nigerian international pounced on an error to equalise. Socceroo Robbie Kruse played the entire game for the visitors.