Missed chances hurt Jets' hopes

19 March 2012 10:06:14 EST

Newcastle Jets' wastefulness in their recent 2-1 defeat to Brisbane Roar could come back to haunt them when they take on their fellow play-off hopefuls Sydney FC.

Probably in the last two games we would have looked at picking up a minimum of four points and we picked up one.

Gary van Egmond

The Jets were the brighter of the two sides in early exchanges against Brisbane and Jeremy Brockie and Ali Abbas both had chances to give them an early lead, but they fluffed the opportunities before Roar's Besart Berisha broke the deadlock with a 14th minute finish.

That goal sparked an attacking spree from the Roar and if it wasn't for some luck, then the Jets would have been down multiple goals within a matter of minutes, but Gary van Egmond's men hung on and somehow found the equalising goal just before the half-time break.

However, the defending A-League champions slowly began to gain control of the match once again and they finally found the winner through an 81st minute penalty kick that was successfully converted by Mitch Nichols.

Van Egmond said afterwards: "We had a couple of really good opportunities early on and if you don't take them it comes back to bite you and as we have seen it definitely did tonight.

"Probably in the last two games (Gold Coast and Brisbane) we would have looked at picking up a minimum of four points and we picked up one - we had the opportunity - but unfortunately we didn't grab it."

Next up for the Jets is a trip to Sydney FC next Sunday, with Newcastle 12/5 to win on their travels, with the draw 12/5.

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