NEWCASTLE Jets are A-League wooden spooners after a 2-0 loss to Sydney at Allianz Stadium on Saturday night.
The Jets’ only hope of not finishing last was if Wanderers beat Adelaide by four goals at Coopers Stadium in Saturday’s late game.
That game finished 2-all.
The result will mean further pressure for embattled Jets coach Mark Jones, who admits his fate is in the hands of the club’s Chinese owner, Martin Lee.
The Jets survived a couple of close calls in the opening minutes, then blew a great chance to take the lead just before half-time.
After Sydney’s Rhyan Grant fouled Andrew Hoole, the visitors were awarded a penalty.
But Newcastle’s top scorer this season, Andrew Nabbout, was unable to add to his eight-goal tally by spraying his spot kick wide to the right.
Sydney made the Jets pay in the 57th minute when Filip Holosko got in behind Newcastle’s defenders and cut back to Milos Ninkovic, who scored from close range.
Nikovic’s goal gave Newcastle an embarrassing A-League record – 18 consecutive opposition goals since they last scored, eclipsing the now-defunct Auckland franchise.
Sydney skipper Alex Brosque made sure of it with a clinical finish in the 87th minute.
It was Newcastle’s sixth successive defeat.
For runaway minor premiers Sydney, it was their eighth consecutive victory against the Jets and extended their unbeaten run against Newcastle to 13 games.