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Underrate Reds at our peril: Jets' Nabbout

AAP logoAAP 14/12/2016 Emma Kemp

Fireball winger Andrew Nabbout has urged Newcastle not to take their foot off the gas against Adelaide, as the Jets attempt to build on a breakthrough win by cracking the A-League's top six.

The Jets put a flat Perth to the sword 2-1 last weekend to secure the club's first triumph in the west since 2005 - and their first in eight games this campaign.

Nabbout was the star as Mark Jones' injury-afflicted side took 27 shots on goal in a performance that lifted them from ninth to seventh and belied their previously below-par form.

They now have two home games against teams behind them on the table in the last-placed Reds and eighth-placed Wellington.

Depending how Western Sydney fare against the Phoenix this weekend, a Jets' win over the struggling Reds at McDonald Jones Stadium on Friday night could squeeze them into finals contention.

Nabbout, who returned early from an ankle injury to claim his third man-of-the-match honour in seven appearances, was optimistic it could be the start of something for the Hunter-based club.

"We really bounced back from the last five or six games and showed that on our day we can keep up with the best," Nabbout told AAP.

"To do it against Perth is quality, because they've always been one of the frontrunners.

"It was the perfect result for us and hopefully we can build on that."

But the 23-year-old also warned their surprise display against the Glory was exactly why they couldn't afford to underestimate any opponent.

Nabbout was particularly alert to Adelaide's attacking threats in Spanish striker Sergi Guardiola, along with returned stars Henrique and Sergio Cirio.

"We're not going to take our foot off the gas one bit regardless of which team we're playing against," Nabbout said.

"And we're wary of Adelaide because a lot of people are saying now is the perfect time to hit them while they're down.

"But it could be the other way - they could come out firing like we did against Perth and it could go all wrong for us.

"Wellington will be the same having come off a 3-0 win against the Mariners, and we can't take them lightly either because their coach (Ernie Merrick) is gone and they might feel rejuvenated."

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