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Miller tells Jets: No A-League let-up

  • Miller tells Jets: No A-League let-up

Coach Scott Miller has a welcome message for Newcastle fans tired of the A-League club's wildly inconsistent form over the past few years.

"It can't drop off."

That's what Miller told his players on Tuesday as they prepared for back-to-back home games against Western Sydney and Central Coast - both of which are "must-win", according to the coach.

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Fresh from Newcastle's stunning 3-2 win over Melbourne City that matched last season's output of three wins and temporarily put them top of the table, Miller has wasted no time making it abundantly clear that this is just the beginning for the former A-League basket case.

"It was strategic in that sense, sitting them down and understanding my expectations," Miller told reporters.

"We haven't achieved anything yet, that's the biggest focus I wanted to emit to them today and the response was quite good to see.

"I just felt it was necessary at this point, because when you're succeeding, to a degree, it's very easy to let up.

"You can have your holiday in May, as far as I'm concerned. Now is not the time to switch off at all."

Miller might have been a relative unknown when he took the Jets' job earlier this year but he is fast developing a reputation as one of the A-League's hardest taskmasters.

Miller said the Jets had the opportunity to "change the emphasis of our season completely" over the next two weeks if they could beat the Wanderers and the Mariners.

But by no means is he taking Western Sydney lightly, joining the chorus of players, coaches and pundits who believe Tony Popovic's side is playing much better football than what their ladder position might suggest.

"If you look at the rest of their performances, they've been quite good. Just chance creation and final-third entries and finishing have been their biggest challenge," he said.

The Jets could regain playmaker Leonardo for Sunday's clash with the Wanderers. The Brazilian, after missing Friday's win over City due to a knee injury, is expected to train fully on Thursday and be available for selection.

However, centre-back Daniel Mullen is in doubt with injury after what Miller describes as an "innocuous challenge" at Monday's training.

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