THINGS may look grim for the Newcastle Jets, but coach Clayton Zane has told his players to hold their heads high.
Newcastle lost 2-0 to Sydney FC at Hunter Stadium last Saturday - their fourth defeat on home soil in six outings.
They displayed a strong defence against their NSW rivals in a tense first half, but could not convert their chances and were locked at 0-0 at the half-time break.
Sydney came back firing on all cylinders, scoring in the 60th and 73rd minutes.
The Jets still linger third-last on the A-League ladder with 23 points - a far cry from first-placed Brisbane Roar's 38.
However, with seven games remaining, there are only seven points between the Jets and Melbourne Victory in third.
Jets coach Zane said after Saturday's clash he pulled a few of the senior players aside and stressed they had to remain optimistic.
The Newcastle Jets will take on Western Sydney Wanderers this Sunday, March 2, at 5pm at Pirtek Stadium.