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Newcastle's Topor-Stanley eyeing set-piece goals

Newcastle Jets defender Nikolai Topor-Stanley is looking to score goals from set pieces for his club. The former Sydney FC and Perth Glory man was close to netting against the Sky Blues on the weekend and ahead of the clash with the Glory this week, is looking to get on the scoresheet.

"It is something the coaching staff has been onto to me about that I should be more of an aerial threat on set pieces and I haven't done myself justice. I feel I am well overdue to score a goal on set pieces," he told Sportal.

"We have been working on it in training - the timing of runs and being more aggressive and attacking the ball and I have been getting my head to the ball but I just haven't been able to get it in the back of the net.

"But I am always confident. I am fairly confident in the air and if I just keep going the way I am going it will come."

Topor-Stanley added that the Jets were intent on bouncing back from two losses in a row.

"We have to take the positives out of that game and move on to the next week otherwise we will be stuck on the negatives. We are just looking forward and we will more critical in our finishing and more ruthless in our defending," he added.

"We are looking to bounce back after a loss at home and two losses on the trot and it is going to be a short week for us so it is going to be a real test of our heart and character to see if we can get the three points."

Newcastle take on Perth Glory at EnergyAustralia Stadium this Friday night.

Andrew Slevison
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