LOCKED AND LOADED: Coach Ernie Merricks expects striker Roy O’Donovan to be better for his return game and extra week of training when the Jets take on Wanderers at Spotless Stadium on Friday. Picture: Sproule Sports FocusNEWCASTLE Jets coach Ernie Merrick can see it in thebody language and more importantly in the timing of his runs –Roy O’Donovan is back in the groove.
O’Donovan worked tirelessly but didn’t have a major impact, firing two shots, in the Jets’ 2-0 win over Melbourne Victory last round.
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— James Gardiner (@JamesGardiner42) February 13, 2018TweetFacebookI think it is the timing of his runs, they are getting better and better.
– Ernie Merrick
“Pato has never really been a goal-scorer,” Merrick said.“He has always been a person who delivers crosses into the box.Now he is getting in the box and scoring some fantastic goals at training. I have to get him to do that more often in matches.He is one of a couple of players who are fairly new. Riley McGree is getting the hang of how we play.If we can take advantage of the next seven weeks, we can be a better team in the finals and that is what we are focused on.”
Merrick had also hoped to have injured marquee midfielder Ronny Vargas in the mix over the next fortnight but the Venezuelan international is now unlikely to return for at least another month.
“Ronny’s target was the Sydney game, but if he is going to make that on the March 3, he is going to have to step up his program big time,” Merrick said.
“I still feel we will have him in plenty of time for the finals. to get two or three full games under his belt.”