Newcastle Jets take on Melbourne City at AAMI Park on Thursday night and Jason Hoffman is urging his team to continue pushing on for the remainder of the season.
After a disappointing 2-0 result against Western United, Hoffman sees the short turnaround as the ideal situation to bounce back.
“We found it extremely difficult to break them down after they went ahead,” Hoffman said.
“It was a performance that we’re disappointed with.
“The positive is we have a quick turn around and a good result there will build confidence for the group.”
Hoffman isn’t making any excuses and believes the team has the quality to grind out results.
“The time for talk is over,” Hoffman said.
“We need to act.”
As a senior figure team, Hoffman feels he needs to step up and lead by example.
“You need to draw on experience,” Hoffman said.
“Recognise moments in the game where I can take pressure off the team.”
Along with Johnny Koutroumbis and Nigel Boogaard, Hoffman has been battling injury throughout the season and wants to build some consistency in the weeks ahead.
“I’ve missed too much football in my opinion this season because of injury,” Hoffman said.
“To get some more minutes in the back end of the season, these isn’t any more motivation I need to play well.”
The Jets took all three points in the first game between the two sides and Hoffman believes the team can once again expose some of City’s weaknesses.
“We match up really well with them,” Hoffman said.
“On transition we can really hurt them.”