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Jones hits back at Jets' A-League critics

AAP logoAAP 16/12/2016 Emma Kemp

Coach Mark Jones has slammed Newcastle's critics, declaring he's "dumbfounded" by attacks on his side's performances given their recent injury crisis.

Jones was quick to share his dismay at the view of those who'd written the Jets off as a poor team, using back-to-back wins as proof that they can turn it on when required.

Friday night's 2-1 triumph over Adelaide and last weekend's upset of Perth has coincided with the return of key personnel including captain Nigel Boogaard, Daniel Mullen, Andrew Nabbout and Morten Nordstrand.

Jones argued it should be obvious those players would lift his side after seven winless rounds.

"We've copped a lot of stick for the way we played early on, but we had five players out," Jones said

"And even then we still tried to play football.

"Now we've got everyone back we've got better possession and composure - that's why you have experienced players in your side.

"I've been very disappointed with some of the comments when we have five players out and we're copping flak.

"It's not rocket science; you get your experienced players back in, you play better.

"It dumbfounds me."

Jones will soon have a full compliment at his disposal with Finnish striker Aleksandr Kokko set to be back for the Boxing Day clash with Wellington.

At least until Saturday night, the Jets are sixth and could spend Christmas there depending on other results.

They'll be motivated to continue their climb up the table, but Jones said the team drew more confidence more from winning.

"The wins more than the position has made us confident," he said.

"To win three in a row would be magnificent.

"It just takes us up the table further and (prompts) more reflection that a team from Newcastle can do well.

"I've always said they can and I don't cop that Sydney or Melbourne or anyone else is better than us.

"We play good football, we can beat anyone."

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