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Newcastle confident leading into Ulsan clash

Newcastle Jets are quietly confident ahead of Tuesday's Asian Champions League clash with Ulsan Hyundai.

The Jets were defeated 2-0 by Chinese club Beijing Guoan in Beijing last week but are looking to bounce back against the Korean club.

Skipper Matt Thompson said the Jets had learnt a good lesson in Beijing.

"The match in Beijing was a learning curve but I was quite disappointed with the result," Thompson said.

"I think there were plenty of positives to take out of the game - we didn't play that great and yet we could have snatched something there at the end. But we know what we did wrong and we have been concentrating on that this week during training.

"The squad has five new players who are real starting players so it has been pretty tough working combinations.

"Plus we played a different formation in last week's match that we weren't used to and that caught us out a bit. You know when you do it at training it seems alright but when you play against a quality side everything has to be perfect and that wasn't the case.

"We let some slip and we made some mistakes but we have been working on those things and we are quietly confident about Tuesday night's game."

Andrew Slevison
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