Assistant coach Clayton Zane feels the Newcastle Jets players let down the whole club and their fans in their 4-0 drubbing at the hands of Melbourne City on Sunday.
In their worst performance under new boss Scott Miller, the Jets were torn apart by an Aaron Mooy-inspired City at Hunter Stadium.
Trailing just 1-0 at the break, the Jets conceded three times in six minutes near the start of the second half to stretch their winless run to six matches.
“It’s very disappointing,” Zane told ABC Radio.
“There were some signs in the first half, we had a good couple of penetration passes early and we tested them but in the second half we came out and it was a totally different game.
“We let ourselves down as a club today and we let our fans down more importantly.”
While City came into the match on the back of two successive 5-1 wins, Zane said the Jets were confident they could pull off an upset.
But things just didn’t go to plan after Mooy opened the scoring just before half-time.
“We were looking to exploit several of their weaknesses we talked about throughout the week but obviously when Mooy gets a roll on he’s a hard man to stop,” Zane said.
“It’s back to the drawing board for us, we don’t want to have performances like this at home too often.
“We need to quickly forget this one and move on.”
The Jets have just a five day turnaround before their next match, with the resurgent Adelaide coming to Hunter Stadium on Friday night.
The Reds could leapfrog Newcastle on the table with a win so it looms as a crucial season-defining clash for both clubs.
Unfortunately for the Jets they have had to rely on too many of their youngsters in recent weeks, with injuries to key players like Nigel Boogaard, Daniel Mullen and Labinot Haliti.
“The boys coming in are doing their best but you do miss a player like Nigel Boogaard, there’s no doubt about it,” Zane said.
“Straight away [Ben] Kantarovski would come back into the midfield and you become a lot stronger and a more steelier defence.
“We need to be patient. We’ve got a lot of young boys sitting on the bench a lot that are in there playing as well.
“Every game needs to be a competitive one for us. We never look for excuses and we have to get back to winning ways and do it quickly.”