A-League: finals equation just got tougher for struggling Newcastle Jets

FOCUSED: Jets asssistant coach Clayton Zane said the Jets finals equation has not changed but admits it is becoming tougher every week. Picture: Getty Images

FOCUSED: Jets asssistant coach Clayton Zane said the Jets finals equation has not changed but admits it is becoming tougher every week. Picture: Getty Images

CLAYTON Zane still believes three wins will be enough for the Jets to grab sixth place and break a seven-year finals drought.

But the assistant coach admitted the equation is getting more difficult by the week.

“We have put ourselves in a position where we are reliant on other results going our way,” Zane said after the 4-0 loss to Melbourne City on Saturday night. “When we had seven matches, Jonesy expected we would need to win three to give us a chance of making the finals. Tonight it was three wins in five games, now it is four games. It is getting harder and harder. The boys know that.”

Zane took the reins on Saturday night for coach Mark Jones, who watched from a box in the stands after being suspended for a game following an exchange with fourth official Shaun Evans in the 3-1 loss to Brisbane Roar last round. 

“The last couple of weeks we have had good opportunities and we haven’t capitalised on them,” Zane said. “I don’t think tonight falls into that category. But start the game well and get the first goal and maybe it is a different night for us. This is a tough place to come to at the best of times. We had that big chance early on and didn’t execute it. It comes back to haunt you ultimately. You end up chasing the game.”

The Jets meet Wellington (away), Wanderers (home), Central Coast (a) and Sydney (a) in the run home.

They have taken four points – all draws – from a possible 32 in the previous encounters this season.

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