Short Passes: Jets to drop Birighitti, Adelaide playing for keeps

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Birighitti dropped after derby howlers

Newcastle Jets head coach Clayton Zane will drop goalkeeper Mark Birighitti in favour of Ben Kennedy after a downturn in the incumbent's form culminated in two costly errors during the F3 derby loss to Central Coast Mariners last weekend.

"It's a tough call to make," Zane said.

"We have two number one keepers and that's a very big dilemma for a head coach. I'm very confident that Ben can step into the void left by Mark Birighitti.

"He has worked hard throughout the course of the year and it will be his time to stand up and shine."

Reds prioritise points

So much for putting performance ahead of results. Ahead of Friday's home match with Sydney FC, Adelaide United coach Josep Gombau says his team can't improve any more in 2013-14, and their objective is now to secure a top-six berth.

"We stopped all the process of learning, new knowledge," he said.

"We will keep with what we're doing. And this will be until the end because these last games ... (the aim) is to be competitive more than to learn more."

Bruised Mariners eye revenge

Central Coast are looking forward to repaying Beijing Guoan's 'hospitality' after a heated, physical AFC Champions League encounter in China on Wednesday, according to head coach Phil Moss.

"First half, Beijing virtually kicked us off the park and I thought there were some key decisions that didn't go our way," he said.

"But we'll be ready for them when they come to Gosford."

Krishna to extend Phoenix stay

Fijian Roy Krishna has seen his injury replacement deal at Wellington turn into a two-year contract after impressing for the New Zealand side.

"I've always dreamed of being a professional footballer and now that dream has come true," he said.

Cisak talks up Premier League pedigree

Aussie Alex Cisak, reserve goalkeeper at promotion-chasing Championship Burnley, believes he is destined to play top flight football in England.

"It's been the aim for a long time now," Cisak told FourFourTwo.

"I won the EPL academy title with Leicester City way back in 06-07, and it would be great to be able to play in the EPL at first team level too.

"I don't doubt that I belong there, and hopefully it can be with Burnley next season."