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ALM: Jets fired up to win at home, says Timmins

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An invigorated Newcastle Jets are primed to break through for their first “home” win of the season this weekend.

Following a humbling 3-1 loss to Adelaide United, the Rob Stanton-coached outfit made good use of the Christmas period – and a few days off – to recharge the batteries.

The side is now ready to strike back, according to central midfielder Callum Timmins, when it faces Western United at McDonald Jones Stadium on Saturday 30 December.

Newcastle Jets’ Callum Timmins is refreshed after the Christmas break. Photo: Rod Thompson

“It wasn’t the greatest mood in the sheds [after the Adelaide match],” he said.

“Because, as a team, we’ve got high standards.

“That’s set when we train and play; we don’t really accept anything but a win.

“So, it was not the best feeling afterwards, especially after our recent performances.

“However, you learn from it… and move on to the next week.

“Christmas probably came at a good time though.

“The lads enjoyed a bit of a refresh, catching up with family and friends.

“But, they’re still mentally prepared for what’s to come.

“The vibe around the change room is that they are buzzing to be back – and ready to kick on.”

The Birmingham-born Timmins admitted talk had also centred around a big effort at McDonald Jones Stadium to end 2023 on a winning note.

“Everyone looks forward to playing at home, when all the fans are there,” he said.

“Plus, McDonald Jones is a great stadium, especially when the supporters are in full voice.

“The lads always want to win, but it’s more special at home.

“I believe we’ve been unlucky with our last two matches in Newcastle, particularly the Western Sydney Wanderers game where we drew 2-all.

“Perth was another 2-all result.

“However, the boys have mentioned it… so, you know a huge performance is on the cards.

“We’re just trying to work hard on our game [at the moment] but we’re quietly confident.

“I feel we are building nicely.

The vibe around the change room is that they are buzzing to be back – and ready to kick on.

Callum Timmins

“While we’re a young team, we’re all at an age where we want to push on in our careers as well.

“We want to achieve things at the club and on a personal level.

“Every day, the team is getting better and better, whether that be at training or in games.”

Although Western sits at the bottom of the ladder, Timmins remains wary of the cellar-dwellers.

“They might be currently last, but they still possess a good team,” he told the Newcastle Weekly.

“They’ve got some very talented individuals.

“So, I don’t think you can go into any game relaxed this A-League Men’s (ALM) season.

“The bottom side can lose one week against the team above them [on the table], then beat the leaders 3-0.

“It’s just so unpredictable.

“We know that we have a match on our hands… and we need to give it everything we’ve got to get the result.

“The way we’ve been training, and playing especially, there’s been moments in every game where you know it’s really coming together.

“And, we’re prepared for that.”

The match kicks off at 5.30pm.

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