Newcastle Jets boss Craig Deans says his side won’t underestimate Melbourne Victory in their Westfield W-League clash on Friday night as they look to consolidate their spot in the top four.
The Jets are currently in third spot heading into Round 9, six points ahead of seventh-placed Victory ahead of their clash at AAMI Park.
While it’s a match his squad is expected to win, Deans stressed they can’t afford to take their foot off the gas with a logjam forming for Finals Series spots.
“We’re currently sitting in the four and a win this week is really important,” the Jets boss said.
“It’s tough to break in, but it’s very easy to fall out (of the top four).”
“The Victory have a lot of quality across the park, we’ll need to be at our best and I think the girls are up for it.”
The Jets, who were involved in a thrilling 3-3 draw with Perth Glory in their last hitout before the Christmas break, should welcome back Westfield Matilda Gema Simon for the clash.
Simon suffered a knee injury toward the end of her recent stint with Avaldnes in Norway and is likely to come off the bench against Victory.
“It’s great to have a player of Gema’s quality and experience returning to the side,” said Deans.
“She can play left back, she can push forward and she played in midfield a couple of times last season as well – she is athletic, quick and technically very good.”