Midfielder Ben Kantarovski admits Newcastle Jets need more conviction in front of goal after they drew another blank in their defeat to Melbourne Victory on Sunday.
The Jets went a fifth straight game and set a new club record without a goal as Fahid Ben Khalfallah’s second-half strike handed Victory a 1-0 win at Hunter Stadium.
It’s now nine games without a win for Scott Miller’s side and not the way they were hoping to start 2016.
“Definitely not (the start we wanted) but we’ve got some positives out of that game,” Kantarovski told ABC Radio.
“We created a lot of chances and with a bit more conviction we could have a goal had but that’s been our focus for the whole season.
“When we get in front of goal we need to make sure we put those away. We always create chances and we always have opportunities to grab those chances but we need to get more clinical when we have them.
“That’s been our problem for the majority of the season. The games we have won is when we have taken those chances and today we didn’t do that.”
Kantarovski has been the Jets’ Mr Fix-it this season, playing in central defence and both holding and attacking midfield roles.
With Brazilian Leonardo still on the injured list, Kantarovski was deployed in the ‘No.10’ role against Victory but admitted he couldn’t impact the match as much as he would have liked.
“They [Victory] marked us out of the game pretty well in the midfield,” he said.
“We found it difficult to get on the ball but the times we did get on the ball I thought we really hurt them.
“Defensively we wanted to be sound and make sure they couldn’t break us down and make sure we were disciplined in our jobs and from there we always know we can create opportunities.”
The Jets are next in action on Saturday afternoon when they take on Sydney FC at ANZ Stadium.
The two sides have already met twice this season, with the Sky Blues winning both contests 1-0.