Melbourne City defender Connor Chapman remains annoyed they've not registered a clean sheet this season but believes the team will hit their peak at the business end of this Hyundai A-League campaign.
City, on a high after two big wins, have scored first in six of their past seven A-League matches but have been reeled in by Roar and the Jets to drop points, while also enduring more nervous finales than necessary in other games.
Ahead of a clash with the Jets on Sunday, Chapman conceded the last fixture against Newcastle, where City lost 3-2 at home, encapsulated his team's problems with consistency so far this term.
City were cruising at 2-0 at half-time on October 30 but a second-half brace from Milos Trifunovic and a rare goal from Ben Kantarovski led the Jets to victory.
While City have scored five goals in the past two games, John van 't Schip's men still conceded after the break, which has frustrated Chapman.
"I think we've got to be a bit smarter that if we do score goals then defensively we have to be a bit stronger," the 21-year-old defender said on Tuesday.
Chapman, who notched his 50th A-League appearance last week, is keen for City to break their clean-sheet drought away to Newcastle this week.
"It's quite disappointing that we haven't kept a clean sheet yet," he said.
"It's a massive thing that we would have liked but I think JVS [Van 't Schip] has said before; it's not just defenders, it's the whole shape and we're definitely working on that.
"I think when we get that right we'll be pretty hard to beat."
Chapman claimed City "are buzzing" after their two big wins.
But with those results coming against A-League strugglers Perth Glory and Central Coast Mariners, Van 't Schip's men still have some work to do to prove their title credentials.
Not that Chapman reckons they're in any rush.
"I don't think you want to be hitting your form in the first six weeks of the league," he said.
"I think we're still going to hit our [best] form in a few weeks or hopefully, even, to the end of the [season]. You want to have a roll at that time and you want to time it perfectly for the finals."