Jets put focus on forwards

21 December 2012 07:05:33 EST

Newcastle Jets need to be "more adventurous" in attack to end their barren streak, says coach Gary van Egmond.

The Jets have failed to find the net in their past three matches, and are lacking confidence ahead of the clash with Sydney FC on Saturday.

But van Egmond feels the Sky Blues are vulnerable at the back, and has challenged his side to be more creative in front of goal.

"We'd love to get at Sydney and to create opportunities in that final third which we take," said the Jets coach.

"Last week against Perth we had more shots on goal than they did but that might have been a bit more a flurry at the end rather than a consistency throughout the game.

"We need to start on the front foot against Sydney." Van Egmond added:

"They are a team that is equally down on confidence as we have been so we are at home. We really need to take the initiative and get at them.

"From my point of view it is where we play the game, it is what we try to enforce on Sydney. 

"We want to play a higher line and force the issue on the opponent in their own half."

Van Egmond said the Jets had been guilty of putting too much focus on defence, and that had to change.

"We looked at it in terms of view of trying to keep a clean sheet," he said.

"So we worked quite hard on that but unfortunately it has tried up the goals at the other end as well.

"So we are definitely looking to be more adventurous and to ensure we start putting the ball in the back of the net."

Sydney FC are 11/5 to beat Newcastle Jets, who are 6/5 to take three points from the clash.

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