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“I think that’s complete ignorance from people that should know the game better. Very disrespectful.
“I always thought that when we got players back we’d dowell and play quite good football, and we’ve been shown to do that.
“It’s mind-blowing the comments that were made. I remember those things and weprove people wrong and we move on.”
The Jets lost twice to unbeatenleaders Sydney and fellow heavyweights Melbourne Victory and Melbourne City in their barren spell, and Jones pointed out their worst defeat in that period was 2-0.
He took particular exception to suggestions the Jets did not belong in the A-League.
“It drives us. I’ve always said that a team from Newcastle can do as good as anyone, and when people from Sydney and Melbourne come out with comments that we’re not good enough.
“I think there was a reflection there at one point that us and Central Coast Mariners probably shouldn’t be in the league. Ridiculous statements when we’ve won the league, we’ve got magnificent facilities, we’ve got a magnificent town.
“We’re self-sufficient. We’re a big town and a good town and a town steeped in history, and nothing better than we beat a Sydney or Melbourne team to win the league again.”
Jones was named coach in the A-League team of the week after Newcastle’s come-from-behind 3-2 win inBrisbane last Saturday.
“It’s funny–you win a game and you’re a good coach, and you lose a game and you’re a mug. I’m more than aware of that.”
With the bulk of their squad restored to health, Newcastle have claimed three wins and a draw in their past five games to surge to sixth on 16 points, one behind Perth and two in front of seventh-placed Western Sydney Wanderers, who play Sydney on Saturday night.
“Our aim is to get in the top six, but if we could get a result on Perth on the weekend and Victory do us a favour and beat Brisbane, then we’re two points off fourth, so we’ll chase that,” Jones said.
“Long way to go. We’re only halfway through the season and we need to at least duplicate what we’ve done to this point to make it.”
The cut-off point for the top six in the past five seasons has been 41, 34, 38, 32 and37 points. Newcastle are on 16 after 14 rounds with 13 to play.