Craig Goodwin is confident the Jets can do a better job of converting goal-scoring opportunities against Adelaide on Friday.
Hunter Ports Newcastle Jets utility Craig Goodwin says the Jets must do a better job of converting goal-scoring opportunities if they are to have any hope of qualifying for the A-League finals.
The Jets were left to rue a number of missed opportunities in their 2-1 loss to Perth Glory last Friday and Goodwin said it is important they improve that aspect of their game to maintain their spot in the top six.
“We dominated all the game really, that-s the way it felt,” Goodwin said.
“We had a lot of chances, but at the end of the day if you don-t put your chances away, you can get punished like we did.
"It-s devastating for the boys at such a crucial part of the season to work so hard during a game and not get anything out of it.”
Goodwin is confident the Jets will be mentally and physically strong enough to overcome the disappointment of the loss to Perth and return to winning ways against Adelaide at Hindmarsh Stadium this Friday night.
“You-ve just got to stay positive, because I think overall the performance (against Perth) was very good,” Goodwin said.
“We just need to take our chances. If we had taken our chances today, we could have won 5-2 or something like that, it could have been a big scoreline to us.
“We-ve got Adelaide next week and Western Sydney at home, so hopefully we can pick up some points there and squeeze our way into the top six.
“It-s going to be tough, but I think we have the mentality and the players to be able to do it.”
Due to the injury to Sam Gallaway, Goodwin has played at left-back in the Jets- last two outings and the 21-year-old said he confident filling in the position.
“I was reasonably happy. I moved back into left back and I felt comfortable and I thought I played reasonably well,” he said.
“It-s not just about me, it-s about the whole team and getting the result, but unfortunately we didn-t do that.”