31 Mar 2014

Jets and Sydney face tight A-League finals fight

8:27 am on 31 March 2014

Newcastle Jets coach Clayton Zane says his team can't afford to sit around and sulk after their 2-1 loss to Perth Glory left them in danger of missing the A-League football finals.

The fight to finish in the top-six is set to intensify over the next fortnight as eight teams battle it out to secure a finals berth.

Adelaide and Central Coast were the big winners of the round, while Newcastle were left kicking themselves after a minute of madness cost them dearly in their loss to Perth.

The Mariners leapfrogged Western Sydney into second spot with a 2-1 win over the Wanderers, while Adelaide's 1-0 win over Wellington lifted the Reds to fourth.

Newcastle's 2-1 loss means the Jets stumble to seventh spot - one point behind Sydney FC, and will likely need to win their final two games to have any chance of reaching the playoffs.

Brisbane, who overcame Besart Berisha's red card to beat Heart 2-1 on Friday, are guaranteed to finish first.

Sixth-placed Sydney (33) face a crunch clash against Wellington (28) on Sunday, while Adelaide (37) have the chance to boost their chances of a top-four finish when they take on Heart.

The third-placed Wanderers (38) are just a point off second spot, but they'll need a positive result against Brisbane if they are to leapfrog the Mariners.

Central Coast (39) face Roar in the final round, meaning they'll be desperate to take all three points when they travel to Perth next Saturday.