Frustrated Melbourne Victory boss Kevin Muscat says poor finishing and naïve defending were the reasons behind their shock 1-0 loss to Newcastle Jets on Friday night.
Victory hasn’t won in the Hunter in more than 2000 days and that horror record continued thanks to David Carney’s 75th minute goal.
The visitors created a number of opportunities to take all three points but either fluffed their lines or were denied by Jets ‘keeper Ben Kennedy.
“We dominated the game territorially, just in the final third, the end-product, creating those opportunities and turning good chances into goals wasn’t there and we paid the price for it,” Muscat told Fox Sports.
“The initial reaction is it’s just one of those nights where we couldn’t convert all the dominance, all the possession and chances into goals.
“The longer it goes on it gives the opposition encouragement to hang in there and in the end they scored a free-kick.
“We were a little bit naïve as well the way we defended it.”
The Jets’ winner came from a free-kick on the edge of the box, with their Brazilian marquee Leonardo squaring it across goal where Carney was able to blast it into the far corner.
It seemed Victory’s defence was caught surprised by Leonardo’s decision to pass, rather than strike at goal directly himself.
“We set up for both things,” goal-keeper Danny Vukovic insisted.
“We had a guy that was supposed to charge. It happened so quickly, I’ll have to have a look at it again to see what happened.
“He’s [Carney] got a good strike, you let someone like that shoot from distance its always dangerous.”
“We’re very disappointed obviously,” Vukovic added.
“I thought we made enough chances tonight to win a couple of games but we didn’t take them and they took theirs.”Victory will have to pick themselves up quickly with their Westfield FFA Cup semi-final against Hume City to prepare for on Wednesday night.