After an impressive performance against South Korea – where he reasserted his case for an Asian Cup call-up – it was back to earth with a thump for Socceroo Josh Risdon.
The Western Sydney star made some eye-catching raids down the right on Friday night but there was no end product from the team to match the good lead-up.
In what was their first real home game of the season – Wanderers hosted Brisbane Roar in Mudgee last round - the Red& Black fell 2-0 to Newcastle Jets at Spotless Stadium after spurning a host of chances.
Oriol Riera, Bruce Kamau and exciting youngster Abraham Majok all missed sitters as the visitors went on to post their first win of the season.
“I think we deserved a lot more than we got in that game,” Risdon told Fox Sports post-match. “We created a lot of chances and just couldn’t put it in at the end of the day.”
Jason Hoffman – who has morphed into a striker under coach Ernie Merrick – opened the scoring on 25 minutes before Ronnie Vargas sealed all three points deep in stoppage time.
Risdon added: “Obviously copping one there at the end there, it’s a bit disappointing, but I think there are still plenty of positives to take out of that.
“That’s three points lost and probably a game we should have won. At the start of the season you want to get off to a good start.
“Picking up three points from games like this is important…we still played a lot of good football and created a lot of chances it’s just like I said before, we couldn’t finish them off.”
Majok, 20, fluffed his lines in front of goal but his speed and aggressiveness in attack marked him out as one to watch.
“Credit to Abe he did very well,” Risdon added.
“He’s bided his time on the sidelines for a couple of years and played (last night) and did very well.”