A-League: Merrick says Jets can forget playing in a grand final if they don’t turn form around

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HEADS UP: Jets fullback Jason Hoffman competes for the ball with Perth striker Andy Keogh on Friday night. Picture: Jonathan CarrollFRUSTRATED coach Ernie Merrick warned the Jets can forget about playing in a grand final unless they turn their failing form around.
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The Jets have one regular season game left to find their mojo after they suffered a third straight defeat, going down 2-0 to a desperate Perth Glory at McDonald Jones Stadium on Friday night.

A penalty to Diego Castro in the ninth minute and a well-worked goal to Adam Taggart in the 27thwas enough to seal three points for the visitors.

The stadium was left in semi-darkness for the final 15 minutesafter a lighting malfunction.

Newcastle fans will be hoping the lights haven’t gone out on the Jets’ championship hopes.

Ernie Merrick says self doubt starting to be an issue at @Newcastlejets. Listen what he had to say after 2-0 loss to @PerthGloryFCpic.twitter苏州夜总会招聘/pi13tEuGA2

— James Gardiner (@JamesGardiner42) April 6, 2018TweetFacebookChampions: @NewcastleJetsFC grand final winning team of 2008 form guard of honour for current squad. 10-year reunion. Griffith x 2, Musialik, wheelhouse, covic,eagleton, Thompson. Half team still playing. @newcastleheraldpic.twitter苏州夜总会招聘/5LhT8r7Buo

— James Gardiner (@JamesGardiner42) April 6, 2018

It was Taggart’s fourth goal in three games in Newcastle since leaving the Jets.

The Jets came back into the game in the final10 minutes of the half. They moved the ball nicely, pushed and probed, but couldn’t deliver a killer ball.

At the other end, Perth could – and probably should – have gone 3-0 up in stoppage time when Chianese was one-on-one with Jack Duncan but fired straight at the keeper.

The Jets had 58% of possession but weren’t able to force a save from Liam Reddy.

It took a desperate block by Topor-Stanley to prevent Taggart from grabbing a double in the 56thminute.

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