Hannah Brewer believes the Jets will show their last performance was “just an off night” with a strong showing against a star-studded Melbourne City at McDonald Jones Stadium on Sunday.
Newcastle have never beaten the league’s three-time defending champions and host the competition powerhouses after a “disappointing” 1-0 loss to Brisbane Roar. It left the Jets sixth on six points, seven adrift of leaders Melbourne Victory.
There was no time like the present for the experienced Jets defender, who was confident her side could beat anyone when they played to their potential.
“That [loss] hurt for sure,” Brewer said. “We went in knowing it would be a tough game but we definitely felt we could come away with the win.
“I don't think we lost any confidence in the way we are playing ... but that one really hurt, knowing that we could climb quite high up the ladder had we won the game, so that was a killer.
“If we go out onto the football field and play how we’ve been training, we can definitely win this weekend.”
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The next two games could prove season-defining for Newcastle, who travel to Perth to take on a Sam Kerr-led Glory after doing battle with City. The Jets then have the no-points bye and could find themselves well off the pace by Christmas if they do not have success in a tough seven-day stretch.
“It's a massive two games for us and that’s how we look at it,” Brewer said. “We want to come away with six points, and no less, leading into the bye.”
City, who have beaten Newcastle in five previous encounters, will also be desperate for points after a slow start to their title defence. They are seventh with four points after five rounds.
“Their starting 11 is a world-class squad and they’re going to come out and pressure us,” Brewer said. “They will want the win and they need the win in terms of points on the ladder and where they stand.
“They’re always a tough team to play. We need to go out composed and relaxed and play the football that we know best and that we practise day in and day out.”
The match kicks off at 2.30pm in the first of a Jets double-header.
Their A-League counterparts are set to host Brisbane Roar in an equally crucial clash.