Brown hails 'fitter, stronger' Jets

11 January 2017 05:49:59 EST

Newcastle Jets' increased levels of fitness and stamina have been major factors in their success so far this season according to midfielder Wayne Brown

Mark Jones' side have won three of their last five matches and they have a two-point cushion inside the A-League top six.

If you look at the performances, we're strong all the way to the end of the game.

Wayne Brown

Their most impressive win came last weekend when they triumphed 3-2 away against Brisbane Roar. The winning goal came six minutes from time through Morten Nordstrand, continuing their habit of coming on strong in the latter stages of matches.

Half of Newcastle's 20 goals this season have come in the final 30 minutes of games, while in the same period they've only conceded four times.

All their three recent victories have been secured by goals in the final half-hour, which Brown believes proves the team are able to overrun their opponents at the end of games.

"If you look at the performances, you know, we're strong all the way to the end of the game," he said.

"You know, we never give up and we score late goals, so in order to do that you have to be fitter and stronger."

Now they're in the top six, the priority for Jones' side will be to stay there and to that end their trip to Western Sydney on 22nd January could be a season-defining clash.

Wanderers are the team just outside the Finals Series places, so if Newcastle can win that game it would be significant.

Two of the next four games are against Perth Glory, starting with this Sunday's meeting at McDonald Jones Stadium. The Jets have already beaten Perth, winning 2-1 away last month.

It was a display that Brown wants the team to live up to, saying: "That was, for me, the best performance of the season and the most enjoyable game."

The Jets are 1/1 to beat Perth, who are 5/2, with the draw 11/4.

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