Melbourne Victory have established themselves on the top half of the ladder following two wins from three matches after a successful run to the penultimate Grand Final in Season 2012.13
After being embarrassed in Round 1 when Sydney FC dealt the side a 5-1 defeat at home, Melbourne Victory have bounced back to win their following two fixtures against Adelaide United and Perth Glory 2-0 and 3-1 respectively.
Victory’s Ashley Brown is expected to make her first appearance of the season after she missed the opening three rounds with a knee injury and the striker’s addition will serve to bolster an already impressive lineup.
As the Jets sit in last place and are still winless and pointless, the Novocastrians are beginning to feel the strain of traveling to away fixtures and will be looking for a positive result this weekend prior to returning home to Wanderers Oval for the squad’s Round 5 match against Canberra United.
With a tough challenge ahead in facing one of the Westfield W-League’s in form teams, the Jets are pleased to welcome Vice Captain Hannah Brewer back to the field after she was sidelined for Rounds 2 and 3 due to an ankle injury.
Local youngster Sophie Nenadovic was given her first Westfield W-League start against Adelaide last weekend, and with Coach Peter McGuinness faithful in her ability, she played 89 minutes of the match.
“She performed very well and exceeded my expectations, she was good with the ball, she positioned herself well without the ball and defended quite well for such a young player,” said McGuinness.
With Brewer back in contention, the addition of new signing McCormack who played her first Westfield W-League match last weekend, and the proven quality of Nenadovic, Coach McGuinness will have a full strength defensive pack to choose in his lineup.
McGuinness is yet to confirm his starting eleven, and is aware the side need to perform at their best to stay in the match.
“I haven’t decided on the back four yet,” said McGuinness.
“They’ve (Melbourne) got some quality in their team, we need to control Lisa de Vanna, Ashley Brown and Jessica Fishlock who are all high class players and they also have Steph Catley at the back who is very dangerous.
“We’ve got to be on top of our game, we definitely need to see an improvement on last week in our ability to keep the ball.
“We were turning it over for fun and as a consequence we weren’t able to get into the game,” concluded McGuinness.
The Jets desperately need to gain points on the ladder to gain momentum leading into the second half of the season.
Melbourne Victory v Newcastle Jets
Saturday 7th December
Kingston Heath Soccer Complex, Melbourne