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Jets lament one that got away

  • Jets lament one that got away

Goal-scoring - or lack thereof - is a problem for the Newcastle Jets.

But it's the one that got away last time they met Western Sydney Wanderers that is bothering coach Scott Miller most ahead of Thursday night's A-League match.

If they fail to find the back of the net against the ladder-leading Wanderers on Christmas Eve the Jets will set an unwanted record for the longest goal-scoring drought in club history.

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It's been 289 minutes - almost five hours - since Ben Kantarovski slotted one home in their November 28 1-1 draw with Brisbane.

If they endure a fourth straight goalless game they will shatter last season's worst scoreless run of 364 minutes.

"Goals are always challenging to come by," said Miller.

"You look at teams at the top of the table and they are finding it hard to score as well.

"I think the mentality of Australian football is starting to change and consider a 1-0 win a result as opposed to expansive football.

"We pride ourselves on good defence and good organisation."

Miller seemed more cut up by the 2-1 loss to the Wanderers in their last meeting on November 7.

Back then Western Sydney equalised in the 79th minute after Milos Trifunovic was controversially judged to have fouled Brendon Santalab in the box.

The Wanderers' Mitch Nichols then broke Jets hearts with his 86th minute long distance match-winner.

"On reflection it should have been a 1-0 win," Miller said.

"Conceding a late penalty was hard to take.

"Switching off in the last couple of minutes with Mitch Nichols...we let ourselves down.

"(Now) we want to reward ourselves on the back of a good point against a strong Adelaide side."

The Jets bounced back from a 4-0 drubbing from Melbourne City in a scoreless draw with Adelaide United last round.

"To concede four was uncharacteristic. To show the reaction (against Adelaide)...that was the determination to turn the tide," Miller said.

The seventh-placed Jets have not won in seven games.

Western Sydney's seven-game winning run was snapped in last round's 2-2 draw in Perth with the Glory.

"When you go to play in an atmosphere like that...there is only one thing you can do and that is step up," Miller said of the Wanderers challenge.

Kantarovski and Jason Hoffman are absent after picking up their fifth yellow cards of the season while Daniel Mullen (knee) may return a week ahead of schedule.

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