A-League: Ernie Merrick puts under-performing Jets on noticephotos


FRUSTRATED coach Ernie Merrick has put theplayers on notice, warninghe will wield the axe,in a bid to get the Jets out of their late-seasonmalaise.

IN DOUBT: Jets Ronny Vargas picked up a groin injury against Perth. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

The Jets, who have already secured second place, slumped to a third straight loss, humbled 2-0 by Perth Glory at McDonald Jones Stadium on Friday night.

“I’m not putting that side out again,”the Jets boss said after the lacklustre performance.”There are obviously some boys feeling under pressure and they’re not playing the type of football they’re capable of. It has a knock-on effect. If two or three are down it really is five or six down. The lack of service to Roy O’Donovan was incredible. It was very poor.There will be a couple of new players in the team next week, that is for sure.”

The Jets finish the regular season against Central Coast in Gosford on Saturday.

Merrick will have to make at least two changes after Ronny Vargas (groin) and Wayne Brown (calf) picked up injuries.

A-League: Coach issues warning to flatlining Jets TweetFacebook Jets v GloryPictures: Jonathan CarrollBrown, a 57th minute substitution, lasted just nine minutes before aggravating a calf injury.

“Ronny came off with a groin injury and Wayne Brown pulled his calf again,” Merrick said. “He is too risky now. He thinks he has overcome it and he is fine and his strength test is good – but then he pulls it again.”

Daniel Georgievski is available after suspension and is likely to come into the backline. Joey Champness and Pato Rodriguez created a spark off the bench against Perth and may also come into contention for a start.

The loss to Perth followed heavy defeats to Melbourne City (3-0) and Adelaide (5-2).

“We are not improving. If anything we are getting worse,” Merrick said.

The Jets thrashed the Mariners 5-1 in Gosford in the opening round in a display that set the tone for the season.

They need a similar performance on Friday to ensure they have momentum for the grand-final qualifier at home on April 27.

“You have to have a lot more presence in a finals match,” Merrick said. “It is the senior players more so than the young boys. It’s mental, it’s not physical. We don’t have enough on field leaders doing their job.”

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