Jets go back to the future



Jackson Hall who missed the Roar match, but is back for Saturday's visit of FNQ. Picture: Albert Perez

Performance and principles the key - Piddick


JETS have gone back to the future as they prepare for run-in to the PlayStation 4 NPL Queensland season.

Coach Adam Piddick “tapered” training this week ahead of Saturday’s clash with Far North Queensland (FNQ) at Wolter Park, kick-off 6pm.

It followed Jets’ second NPL defeat of the season, 1-0 at Brisbane Roar, which ended our four-month stint on top of the ladder.

“There’s a big carrot at the end for us,” said Piddick, “not just the premiership but the finals series, the NPL finals series if lucky enough to be in there.

“We’ve just tapered things a little bit. Obviously we’re getting to the time of year when the boys have put a lot of effort in and energy has been burned.

“They’re working their backsides off in training and at work. They’re not professionals, so hopefully see the benefits of it in the final games.”

It follows a performance at Perry Park where Piddick said Jets were “out enthused” by the youthful Roar line-up.

“It was a hot day, but we probably had the better of the game and had enough to get the job done,” said Jets’ coach, who will have Stephen Green and Jackson Hall back after missing the Roar match.

“We’re well aware of that. Have to go back through our basic principles, get back to the way we know best and don’t worry about the result.

“It’s all about the performance and those key principals we set at the start of the year.”

FNQ had a quiet first-half of the campaign but are now fifth, nine points behind second-placed Jets, who trail Strikers by one point with a game in hand.

“FNQ are a good side,” said Piddick, “but we’ll worry about what we do and do things to the best of our ability.

“If we do, we’ll be tough to beat and the performance will be there. If the performance is there, more times than not, you win football matches.”