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Time to raise the bar

Ryo Ono beats a Capalaba defender during last season's NPL clash between the sides at Wolter Park

Jets need to "stay positive" and "raise standards" to kick-start their NPL season over the next five days, says midfielder Chris Maher.

Five games in and Jets are at the foot of the table with Capalaba, one place above us, the visitors to Wolter Park tonight at 7.30pm.

On Tuesday, Sunshine Coast Wanderers, currently in fifth place, make the trip down the highway for the rescheduled round one fixture , also at 7.30pm.

But, it's time to focus on the "finer details" said Chris, who played for Brisbane Strikers deep in the FFA Cup national rounds and was in the NPL Legends squad last season.

"Both teams are big and strong, direct in the way they play and that is something we are working on to get right starting this weekend," he said.

"It's important to stay positive. We are a good group of lads, a good group of players which didn't think we would find ourselves in this situation after five rounds.

"Now it is important to bounce back. Understand the opponent we are coming up against and how we best prepare for that.

"I think on an individual level, it is about players taking responsibility for the role they have within the team.

Jets midfielder Chris Maher

"From the team perspective, it is about upping our standards, creating high standards and an environment where expectations are high and we have to meet them, if not exceed them."

Capalaba started with four defeats but have drawn their last two games, both at home, against Wanderers (1-1) and Olympic (2-2).

Wanderers won their first two games, lost to Lions and then drawn against Gold Coast Knights (1-1), Capalaba (1-1) and Brisbane City (4-4).

Jets have faced Capalaba five times across the NPL, Silver Boot and FFA Cup qualifiers, winning four, including both games last season.

Our record against Wanderers is three wins from four NPL fixtures, including the last match of the 2021 season.

"Royce and Cam do a lot of research and reviewing of games," said Chris, "I watch them as well.

"We look for those factors telling us why we are not winning games at the moment.

"As I said, this is a positive camp, the boys are up for the challenge, turning up and working hard in training.

"It's down to the finer details that we have to get right. It's a mental thing - get our game plan, get our game plan right and we go from there."

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