Taking three points off top-four side Melbourne Victory will be the perfect finish to the Newcastle Jets' home season on Sunday.
The Jets return to No.2 Sportsground for the penultimate round of the W-League and co-captain Cassidy Davis was looking forward to being back at the venue where they opened their 2019-20 campaign in promising fashion by drawing 1-1 with league heavyweights Melbourne City on November 17.
City, featuring Newcastle's Emily van Egmond and East Maitland's Rhali Dobson, secured the minor premiership on Thursday night with a 4-0 rout of third-placed Western Sydney Wanderers.
The round-one draw is the only time the Jets have taken points off a top-four side this season, something Davis is keen to rectify on Sunday.
"After the first game against Melbourne City, some people took notice and were saying, 'Maybe Newcastle will be tougher than we thought'," Davis told the Newcastle Herald.
"Then obviously we haven't got a point off a top team since, so it's definitely something we want to prove to those people watching that we can beat top-four teams.
"We've come close many times this season but it's just those little things that have cost us in the end and we just need to make sure we're better with that. It would be great to come away and know that we did beat one of those top-four teams. Victory are a great team, to take three points off them would be good confidence for the girls to finish off the season."
It is a must-win match for Victory, who are fourth on 17 points with two games to play. City lead with 31 points, nine points ahead of second-placed Sydney. The Sky Blues play Perth Glory (eight points) at Wollongong's WIN Stadium on Saturday.
Brisbane (14) are the only team who can catch Victory. They host Canberra (13) tomorrow at Lions FC Stadium. Newcastle are eighth with seven points and can finish as high as sixth.
"We're expecting a tough game against them - they've got some great players and they'll be tough but we've got the advantage playing at home and we just need to make sure we keep working hard and keep fighting," Davis said.
"The pressure is more on them because they need to stay up in terms of the top four and finals. We're not playing for anything in terms of points and the ladder but we're still playing for pride in ourselves and in the club and for the fans as well, so there's a different type of pressure - pressure to make people proud and that's a good thing."
Midfielder Clare Wheeler has been ruled out with an ankle injury. Midfielder Sophie Nenadovic comes into the squad and striker Nicki Flannery returns from injury.
The match will be the first in three weeks for Newcastle, who lifted themselves off the bottom of the table with a 2-0 win over Adelaide in their last outing on February 1.
Newcastle round out their season next Thursday against the last-placed Reds in Adelaide.
The match at No.2 Sportsground on Sunday is at 4pm.
Meanwhile, the Jets have announced Ash Wilson will remain as head coach of the club's W-League side for the remainder of the season, with Craig Deans stepping aside from the top job.