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Captain backs Jets after Griffiths rocket

AAP logoAAP 22/12/2016 Warren Barnsley

Newcastle captain Nigel Boogaard has no issues with his A-League side's commitment to winning despite club great Joel Griffiths' concerns over their attitude.

Boogaard admitted not all players were willing to wear their hearts on their sleeves after former striker Griffiths attacked some Jets' on-field body language.

But Boogaard said there was no question about the fifth-placed team's desire to continue their push up the ladder after two-straight wins.

He said Griffiths' heart is in the right place but accused the media of taking his comments out of context.

"Griffo's very passionate. He's just passionate about the club - making sure the club's successful and back to where it was in its heyday," he told Sky Sports Radio on Thursday.

"He obviously was a very vocal player, and emotion and things like that were very evident when he played.

"I think we've got some boys here that are maybe a little bit reserved and don't really show that or express that.

"But I can guarantee that from all the boys here want to win and we're all pushing towards making sure we make the top six."

Griffiths, the A-League's top goalscorer in the Jets' 2007-08 championship-winning campaign, now holds a senior football department role at the club.

He criticised some players this week who gave the impression during matches they don't care about winning.

""I want to see players who actually want to win, not just are happy to be out there," Griffiths told AAP.

"And on the weekend I felt that there were a couple of players that were just happy to be out there, happy to just do enough when sometimes enough isn't enough."

Boogaard plays his second game back from a three-week injury lay-off against Wellington on Boxing Day after playing in last round's win over Adelaide.

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