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Jets' ruthless Mariners A-League finale

NZN 8/04/2016 Jason Phelan

Newcastle coach Scott Miller has challenged his players to take out their frustrations at missing the A-League finals on last-placed Central Coast.

The Jets, sitting eighth, travel to Gosford to take on the Mariners in Saturday's season-ending derby and Miller has demanded his players finish on a high.

"I've challenged the team to be ruthless this week," Miller said.

"We haven't (handed) a massive defeat to a club yet this season and we've been on the back of two ... so I'm challenging the group for that.

"I'd like to sit on the bench seeing a fluid, back-to-front performance with a purpose and a passion but really with an emphasis on scoring goals.

"I feel if we go down there with this playing group and this mentality, we'll be dominant but - if we don't treat it as an important game and we're complacent in our approach - then we'll fall short."

The Mariners, who will finish on the bottom of the ladder regardless of Saturday's result, are on the verge of becoming the first team in A-League history to fail to keep a single clean sheet through an entire campaign.

Coach Tony Walmsley has urged his charges to dig deep in front of their home fans in what will be Spanish marquee Luis Garcia's last game for the club.

"He's going to leave a very large imprint on everybody that he's come into contact with," Walmsley said.

"I think what he's done, first and foremost, is show our players - our young players especially - what top-level football looks like.

"There are things that will be etched in everyone's memory for a long time in a very difficult season and I hope he can sign off with a great performance for himself, a great performance for the fans and put in a contribution that lifts us to victory."

STATS THAT MATTER:

* There have been just six goals scored in the past five derbies, with neither side finding the back of the net more than once in any of those matches

* While three of the past four matches between these teams have ended in stalemate, the Mariners earned their first win against the Jets since October 2012 when the sides clashed in round 21 this season

* Not since the 2008 playoffs have the Mariners mustered back-to-back wins against the Jets

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