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Jets' Kitto predicts floodgates to open

  • Jets' Kitto predicts floodgates to open

The drought is over, and now the floodgates will open.

That's the bold prediction from reborn winger Ryan Kitto, who was among the goalscorers in Newcastle's season-saving 3-1 A-League win over Wellington last week.

The Jets narrowly avoided breaking the competition's longest goal drought against the Phoenix when striker Milos Trifunovic converted a first half penalty.

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Kitto was then on hand to pounce on a saved shot for his first career goal, before veteran David Carney showed a clean pair of heels to slot a rare third.

It was just the third time this season the Jets scored more than one goal.

Now Kitto has forecast the downpour to continue against Perth this week.

"We always felt as a group, as soon as we got that one goal, we'd be able to go on with it and score many," Kitto told AAP.

"Hopefully we score many goals coming in the weeks and that leads us to some victories."

Despite the victory marking their first win in 11 weeks, the Jets sit just three points out of the top six and remain in the hunt for their first finals appearance in five years.

The 21-year-old Kitto said that while much angst had been made of their inability to locate the back of the net, it never distracted them from their season goal of making the finals.

"That's been our aim all along," he said.

"Every game I thought we've played, we've been in it. We just haven't taken our chances. We took them and now we need to go on with it."

The former Adelaide player has now made nine appearances for the Jets since signing on as an injury replacement for Labinot Haliti in November.

He was recommended to Jets coach Scott Miller after an impressive campaign with South Australian side West Torrens Birkalla, where he scored 17 goals as a traditional No.10.

While a switch into the midfield has come with its own challenges, Kitto said he was enjoying playing first team football.

"The main thing is I want to pride myself on working hard for the team every week," he said.

"If I've got an opportunity to show some individual flair, set up a goal or score one, hopefully I can take that in the coming weeks and help the team."

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