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Twin targets

Jets hope to be celebrating tomorrow by maintaining their unbeaten record against Magpies Crusaders.

Defender Tom Aulton says “the boys are in high spirits” as Jets chase two major targets this weekend – a win and a clean sheet.

Magpies Crusaders travel down from Mackay tomorrow (kick-off 7pm) having conceded four goals last weekend, as Jets did.

But, after our defeat by Olympic, Tom says there’s no hangover in the Jets’ squad as they look to maintain an unbeaten record over Crusaders.

“It (Olympic) was a tough game, in tough conditions against possibly the best side in the competition,” he said, “if a few decisions had gone our way the match might have been different.

“I do look back at games. Look over those (Olympic) goals and see what could be done better, but it is only one game out of 28 … one loss.

Jets defender Tom Aulton

“We’re still looking to make the top four and no-one is down beat attitude in training.

“Now we’re definitely looking to bounce back. The boys are in high spirits and want to get that win, especially at home.

“I don’t know much about Magpies this year, but I’m sure they will be tough opponents and boys are keen to get a win.

“We haven’t had a clean sheet yet (this season). It was a shame against Gold Coast United with that quick free kick. I thought we could have done it.

“There are no easy games in this competition and a clean sheet is definitely what we want going into this weekend.”

Crusaders opened with a 1-0 victory at Brisbane Strikers before going down 3-2 to Olympic and last weekend 4-0 at Gold Coast Knights.

In head-to-head matches, Jets have won five and drawn one of five NPL fixtures against Crusaders.

However, the last meeting, which ended in a 2-2 draw, was removed from the records when the Mackay side withdrew from the NPL when the pandemic struck.

That leaves Moreton Bay United with four wins from four NPL games – 3-2 and 3-1 at home; 2-1 and 4-1 away in Mackay.

Jets’ Under 18s and Under 23s have a bye this weekend.

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