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Jan 8, 2011

Jets out to double Fury misery

Newcastle coach Branko Culina is taking nothing for granted as the Jets prepare to face North Queensland again, just three days after a convincing A-League win over the Fury.

Hot on the heels of Saturday night's 3-1 win at Dairy Farmers Stadium, the Jets head home for a rescheduled clash with North Queensland on Tuesday night looking to double the three points they snared in Townsville.

Culina is acutely aware of the difficulty for both teams of the short turnaround.

"It is important on Tuesday because it's like being the away team," Culina said in Townsville.

"We had to travel here, now we have to go back home to play the game.

"We don't have that advantage normally a home game would give you, but the pressure will be on us just because we got the result.

"Everyone will expect us to get the result again on Tuesday but it's another ball game."

Sitting on the fringe of the top six, the Jets can boost their finals chances with full points in one of the two games in hand they have on most of the competition.

Culina was pleased to see his side bounce back after a shock loss to Sydney FC last week.

"We've always been in the running for the top six because we've got games up our sleeve, but we were hoping to do a bit better than that," he said.

"Last week was, in particular, disappointing. We were at home, we were expected to win and we didn't.

"I take my hat off to the players. They stuck to their guns and bounced back after a difficult couple of weeks."

The win against the Fury was not without its price, though, with defender Adam D'Apuzzo suffering an ankle injury.

"We can ill-afford to lose players, we're already very thin," Culina said.

"I think we had 14 players available and now if Adam is out on Tuesday it makes it tough, but that's football."

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