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Big month, big matches

Four-some Ryo: Ryo Ono celebrates one of his four goals in the 6-3 victory at Easts in April.

Coach Royce Brownlie says the next four weeks are going to be “big for us” in the race for a place in the NPL’s top four.

Jets are seventh and right in the hunt, being four points off fourth spot and six off second with a game in hand on two of the teams above them.

Tomorrow Easts (8th place) visit Wolter Park at 7pm to start the crucial run going into August. Then it is Sunshine Coast (3rd) at home on August 7.

Jets make the trip to Lions (6th) on August 15, welcome Strikers (12th) on August 28 and head down to Gold Coast United (11th) on August 31.

“Easts, Sunny Coast, who have some tough games ahead, if we get those two results, then it’s Lions, Strikers and Gold Coast United,” said Royce.

“Hopefully we can get through unscathed and get there (top four). I think we deserve to make the top four. We’ve played good enough football.

“We’ve drawn at Olympic and beaten Brisbane Roar. Peninsula Power, in the first game, we nearly pipped them.

“In games we have done very well, now the next four weeks are going to be big for us.'Bi

“Easts have brought in some new players. They look like they have gelled, but we’ll be there on Saturday playing attacking football and not letting them settle.”

Royce said the squad took lessons from last week’s defeat by the runaway leaders Peninsula Power. “They were over it quicker than I was!” he said.

“My conversation at half time was about focussing on the good things we have done all year.

“Two halves in a whole season (home to Power and away to Sunshine Coast) is not bad for a young squad we have.

“Looking at the big picture, I said let’s pick it up and take it to them (Power). We woke up and played better football.

“It was a bad day at the office, but we’ve let it go and not brought it to training this week. We’ve moved on to the good stuff.”

Jets’ Under 23s and Under 18s face their Easts counterparts also at Wolter Park on Saturday at 5pm and 3pm respectively.

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