ON THE MEND: Roy O’Donovan (centre) and Wayne Brown are a chance of being fit for the trip to Perth to take on the Glory. Picture: Jonathan CarrollERNIE Merrick is not concerned with the amount of work that Roy O’Donovan and Wayne Brown get through at Newcastle Jets training on Wednesday.
However, the seasoned coach wants to be assured that the imports will not risk aggravatinginjuries if they travel to Perth to take on the Glory on Saturday night.
“It is not really their fitness, their skills or the way they play the game, it is about making sure they can’t re-injure themselves,” Merrick said. “Those are two players we need in theteam because of their personality, their experience and the way they influence the team in a very positive, confident way.”
O’Donovan, the competition’s equal leading goal-scorer with seven, has sat out three games with a groin injury.
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In both defeats, the Jets created more chances than the opposition but were unable to find an equaliser.
“It wasn’t the result we wanted [against City]but I thought we played some tremendous football in the first half,” Merrick said.“We didn’t play our best football in the second half, but we still created chances. That is the great thing about this team, we are always gong to create chances.”
Perth are coming off a 1-0 loss to the Mariners on the Central Coast. It was their fourth loss on the road this campaign but they were with leading quarter Diego Castro, Andy Keogh andAdam Taggart.
“Perth are always very tough to beat over there,” Merrick said.“Obviously, the travel comes into it but they also have a very good side. Perth play open football. They don’t play defensive counter-attacking football. That open style is how we want to play all theway through.They have a few players out and we have a few out, so it should be a fairly even game.”