Depleted Jets eye club record

Newcastle Jets could break a club record by stretching its unbeaten run to eight matches when it takes on Wellington Phoenix on Saturday, but not that coach Branko Culina is counting.

"I wasn't aware of it," Culina said.

"But I read somewhere that in all the time Newcastle have been in the A-League they have not had a longer run than seven unbeaten games, which surprises me because that includes the year that the club won the championship.

"But look records are meant to be broken, someone's got to do it sooner or later."

Newcastle leapfrogged Melbourne Victory to climb to fifth spot with its midweek 2-0 defeat of Gold Coast United, its third consecutive win.

But the short turnaround from Wednesday's match and a depleted line-up could possibly spoil the good run.

Newcastle will be without skipper Ljubo Milicevic and Kasey Wehrmen, both serving suspensions after earning yellow cards in Wednesday's match.

They join the already-suspended Jobe Wheelhouse on the sidelines while the Jets will also be without the injured Ben Kantarovski, Sean Rooney, Michael Bridges and Ruben Zadkovich, who has been advised by doctors not to fly so as not to aggravate his back injury.

Add to that its poor record in Wellington, its last two results a 3-0 and 3-1 drubbing, it shapes as a tough task.

Wellington comes in to the match on the back of mixed results but has its strong home record at Westpac Stadium behind it.

Currently sitting in seventh place on the ladder among the logjam of teams vying for a top-six spot, Phoenix coach Ricki Herbet sees the match as a must win.

"We need to beat them, really," Herbert said.

"There are 30 points to go but certainly this is a very, very important game for us."

It will also be fielding a depleted squad with goalkeeper Mark Paston out for the season through injury, while skipper and former Jets player Andrew Durante is suspended.