OVER the first three rounds of the W-League, the Jets took positives out of defeat and missed opportunities.
Even in a 5-0 loss to defending champions Canberra, the game was scoreless until the 74th minute and Newcastle created plenty of chances.
But there was no glossing over their 6-1 defeat to Perth Glory at Wanderers Oval on Saturday, which kept them in last place on one point with four goals for and 15 against.
‘‘We had two good chances in the first half, but in the most we were nothing like we have been in the past three games. We were poor in all aspects,’’ Jets co-coach Peter McGuinness said.
‘‘They deserved the win, Perth, and to get a scoreline like they did.
‘‘They were very, very good and we were very, very poor.
‘‘We only sparked up for a period there after they scored the first goal.
‘‘Apart from that we were flat, indecisive, stand-offish and we were just outplayed.’’
Former Jets strikers Kate Gill and Lisa De Vanna terrorised Newcastle in their first game together since De Vanna returned from a stint in Sweden last week.
Newcastle product Gill scored a hat-trick and fellow Matildas Collette McCallum and De Vanna also got on the scoresheet.
Gill, who played for the Jets in 2008-09, said she and the Glory were driven to make up for their poor showing in a 2-0 loss to Wanderers last week.
‘‘It’s always good to score, but it was more pleasing that we put on a decent performance and won after our performance against Western Sydney,’’ Gill said.
‘‘It was a big turnaround in attitude from the team. We were all very disappointed after giving away three points last week and we came out wanting to make up for that.’’
De Vanna scored in the fourth minute with a cracking long-range strike and McCallum embarrassed the Jets defence in the 19th minute, curling the ball with her left foot directly from a corner.
Jets goalkeeper Eliza Campbell got a hand on a long-range shot in the 58th minute, but the ball deflected off the crossbar to the waiting Gill who tapped it home.
Gill found the net again in the 63rd minute when the Jets defence was left flat-footed by a clever through-ball.
Marianna Tabian scored Glory’s other goal, in the 68th minute, after being gifted an open shot following nice touches from Gill and De Vanna.
American import Tori Huster registered the Jets’ only goal five minutes later after knocking in a cross from countrywoman Tiffany Boshers.
Gill then converted a penalty in injury time after being fouled by Jets skipper Hayley Crawford.
The Jets will try to regroup when they host second-last Adelaide on Saturday.