Despite falling behind the top six, Newcastle star Dimi Petratos says the Jets can still make the finals.
After only 13 rounds into the season, it seems the top six A-League teams have established themselves while the bottom four have it all to do to reach the finals.
One of those teams at the wrong end of the table is last season’s Grand Finalists Newcastle Jets who are in seventh spot - 14 points behind last season’s league tally at the same time.
After failing to reach their previous high standards, they now sit seven points adrift of sixth placed Adelaide United.
But last season's Jets superstar Dimi Petratos told FTBL it’s too early to write off the Novocastrians' finals chances.
“Obviously the results aren’t going exactly the way we would like them to be going,” he said.
“We have had a lot of positives things to come out of the season and there are still a lot of games to go.
“We just have to stay focused and do what we are doing and with a bit of luck things will go our way.”
Last season Petratos had the best season of his career with 10 goals and 11 assists with his impressive play earning him a spot in the Socceroos 2018 World Cup squad.
This campaign the 25-year-old is still contributing with five goals and three assists.
Perhaps more notably, Petratos leads the league in chances created and crosses and he believes if the Jets can convert some of those efforts on goal, they can turn around their season.
“We have spoken about that as team and we know that we have to focus on hitting the target,” he said.
“I don’t think we have been playing that badly. We have created a lot of chances, we just have to continue to believe in what we can do and I’m sure things will change.
“If you want to compare it to last year the difference is that we were winning more games and everyone was looking better as a team and individuals.
“So in the end it’s a team sport and we have to just keep going and the better the team goes, the better everybody goes – and that includes myself.”
Petratos also believes that Newcastle’s 2017/18 blistering campaign has led to the mentality of the opposition changing when they have come up against the Jets this term.
“A lot of sides are very defensive when they play against us,” he said. “We get a lot of compliments from the opposition about the way we have been playing.
“We just need the results to go our way and we will get to back to where we were last year.“