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Jets counting on big Maitland crowd for Australia Cup battle

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With football enjoying its highest profile in ages, thanks to the Matildas, a huge crowd is expected to throw its support behind the Newcastle Jets on Monday night.

The Rob Stanton-coached A-League Men’s outfit will tackle the Brisbane Roar in the Round of 32 clash of the Australia Cup at the Maitland Regional Sportsground on 14 August from 7.30pm.

Newcastle booked its berth following a thrilling triumph over the Melbourne Victory.

And, despite conceding two goals in the second half, the Jets prevailed 4-2 in the penalty shootout to progress in the prestigious knockout tournament.

Newcastle Jets new boy Ryan Scott. Photo: Rod Thompson

Goalkeeper Ryan Scott admitted his team-mates would take a lot out of the previous result.

“It was obviously our first game together as a new group with a new coach,” he said.

“We probably didn’t finish in the circumstances we would’ve liked in regular time… in fact, we should have put the match to bed.

“While we were in a comfortable position, it’s also a good learning curve for us.

“We’re a young group and we’ll gain plenty from that experience.

“At the end of the day, we got through, which is what Cup football is all about.

“So, we’re now looking forward to Brisbane (on Monday).”

Scott, after four years with Western United, linked up with Newcastle in the off-season.

The Coffs Harbour product said he was settling in well at the Jets, under the guidance of Stanton.

“Obviously, I’m new to the club, so I was always going to have a new coach,” he told the Newcastle Weekly.

“But, Rob’s come in and I think he’s got the group on side from the get-go.

“Everyone’s working hard at training.

“There’s a good two-way relationship between the staff and the players.

“We’re all pulling the same way and that’s it… we want to go forward as one unit.

“There are no individuals, everyone’s a team.

“We’ve all got a responsibility in a role; now it’s about gelling and chalking up wins.”

Scott hopes that momentum continues with another scalp, this time at the expense of Brisbane.

“It’s going to be a tough game at Maitland,” he said.

“I’d probably say they’re in a similar position to us.

“Both sides didn’t have as good a season as they would’ve liked last year.

“And, we’ve probably started the pre-season around the same time.

“I understand they’ve had a few friendlies, but we’ve also had a Cup game, a friendly on the weekend and plenty of internal stuff as well.

“We’ve got everything to play for, too.

“Bringing the game out to Maitland, where we train, provides a bit of familiarity.

“We’re here every day, so we know how the ground plays.

“However, we can’t just rely on the venue; we’ll have to work hard.

“Both teams want to win and move into the Round of 16.

“You’d like to stay in the Cup for as long as you can because competitive matches are vital in this early part of the year.”

But, Scott is confident the Hunter-based squad will prevail.

“One hundred per cent, I am,” he said.

“We’re playing at home, we want to win and we’re not going to take the game lightly if we want to get through to the next stage.

“So, we’ll be putting all our focus into that.”

Tickets are still on sale.

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