Playmaker Devante Clut has expressed his frustration at Newcastle Jets’ inability to make their most of their chances in the F3 Derby against Central Coast Mariners on Sunday.
The Jets produced a lacklustre first half but finished all over the top of the Mariners after the break as the match finished 1-1 at McDonald Jones Stadium.
But Clut feels his side should have taken more from the match with Andrew Hoole, Morten Nordstrand and substitute Aleksandr Kokko all squandering good chances in the second half.
“It’s really disappointing and frustrating, especially when you feel like you deserved to get all three points,” Clut told Fox Sports.
“We could have finished our chances and I think we got into it a lot more in the second half. But that’s the way it went and we have next week to focus on now.”
The Jets trailed 1-0 at half-time through Jake McGing’s goal but a rocket from coach Mark Jones saw them turn the momentum.
Nordstrand equalised with a clever finish through Paul Izzo’s legs from Andrew Nabbout’s through-ball, before the Mariners had Liam Rose sent off.
With the numerical advantage, the Jets tried to press home their advantage but lacked polish in front of goal to make it count.
“It’s hard when the team is constantly changing,” said Clut when asked about his side’s combinations in the front third. Once we get to know each other and each other’s runs it will come.
“Today was a good sign of what we can do when we combine and get forward. The more we do that the results will come.”
Clut was the Jets’ best in just his second start for the club after his off-season move from Brisbane Roar.
“The biggest thing for me was game time, that’s why I decided to join the Jets. It’s been slow going but it’s just about being consistent,” he said of his opportunity in the A-League.
“That’s been the biggest thing for me is being consistent week in, week out.
“I’m progressing well but I think with more game time I’m only going to get better.”
The result has seen Newcastle Jets leapfrog Wellington Phoenix into seventh spot ahead of next weekend’s trip to Melbourne to play Victory.