A-League: Jets to draw on community strength against Perth

STRENGTH IN NUMBERS: Captain Nigel Boogaard believes the Newcastle Jets owe it to the fans to deliver the goods against Perth Glory at McDonald Jones Stadium on Sunday. Picture: AAPCAPTAIN Nigel Boogaard reckons the Newcastle Jets have 13,320 reasons to perform against unbeaten leaders Perth Glory at McDonald Jones Stadium on Sunday.

Jets membership climbed to that number on Friday, surpassing the previous best of 13,007for the 2012-13 season when Emile Heskey was the marquee player.

The milestone was not lost on Boogaard, who is determined to repay the faith shown in the club.

“It is great to see the local community get behind us,” said Boogaard, who is one of four home-grown players in the squad. “Towards the back end of last year, with the good performances and good results, the crowds kept building.We have to provide an entertaining style of football that they want to come and watch. We have done that in patches this year and we are keen to improve on that.”

The Jets have had a far stronger presence in the community since Lawrie McKinna was appointed chief executive two years ago.

That has worked hand-in-hand with a much improved record at McDonald Jones Stadium, where the Jets won nine games last season.

“For everyone from the players, staff, sponsors and community to buy into what we’re doing has been so important – we want to be a community club and we want to keep engaging with our fans.”‍‍‍‍‍‍ ‍‍The boss, Lawrie McKinna reacts to today’s good news! #MadeOfNewcastlepic.twitter老域名出售/FL7CFAKcBC

— NEWCASTLE JETS FC ✈️ (@NewcastleJetsFC) December 14, 2018Record broken! We surpass our all-time Membership record in a HUGE milestone for the Club, thanks to all of our Members for their continued support #MadeOfNewcastle ‍‍‍‍‍‍ ‍‍📰 https://t成都夜生活/qqflQQl28Lpic.twitter老域名出售/QT8knwt2li

— NEWCASTLE JETS FC ✈️ (@NewcastleJetsFC) December 13, 2018

The Glory have been transformed under Tony Popovic. The arrival of Chris Ikonomidis and wingbacks Ivan Franjic and Jason Davidson has added a new dimension to their attack and, like all Popovic-coached teams, they aresupremely fit.

“The way they set up (3-5-2) throws up a few different scenarios with regards to who marks who in open play,” Boogaard said. “Diego Castro is quality and is back fit now. Up front, Andy Keogh and Chris Ikonomidis are dangerous. They are obviously well organised under Popa. We have done enough on the [training] park this week to counteract that. We are confident that, if we do the right things defensively, we will create chances against any team.”

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