Newcastle Jets utility Ben Kantarovski says the A-League surprise packets are ready to deal with increased expectations.
Four weeks into the new season and the Jets, the reigning A-League wooden spooners, have already matched last season's output of three wins with a 3-2 come-from-behind victory over Melbourne City on Friday night.
Newcastle now have an excellent opportunity to frank their progress over the next two weeks with home clashes against Western Sydney and Central Coast, two matches they will be expected to win.
Kantarovski, however, said the new-look Jets won't be weighed down by the favourites tag.
"We'll leave that to all the bookies. We'll concentrate on what we want to do in the game," he said.
"We don't want to rest on our laurels or anything, we've got things we still have to prove.