Ernie Merrick has lambasted his "insipid" Jets for their loss to Melbourne City, hoping a return to home comforts over the next month will kick-start their A-League season.
Newcastle were soundly beaten 3-0 at AAMI Park on Sunday night, with the two-time championship winning coach saying there was only one team in the contest.
"Melbourne City were up for it, played well, knocked the ball around well and we couldn't get into the game," he said.
"It was a very poor Newcastle United performance. A very insipid performance. I'm very disappointed.
"We've got too many people in that team today that didn't give 100 per cent effort."
The Jets sit seventh on the table with one win from their opening six.
For the second time this season, the Jets were held scoreless - matching their tally from the entire 2017/18 season.
Merrick blamed those woes on a lack of striker options, with banned striker Roy O'Donovan still two matches away and Brazilian import Jair unavailable against City but hopeful to return next Sunday against the Roar.
Then, Newcastle will start a run of three home games in four rounds, with Brisbane's visit followed by Perth and Adelaide.
"I'm not concerned about the amount of points we have right now," he said.
"But it'll be really nice to play a couple of home games.
"This idea of so many away games because stadia are not available or whatever ... it's not pleasant.
"We've get two games at home and we've got to be able to stand up and be counted.
"Even at home against a City that played like that, we would have struggled. We've got to have a good, long, hard look at ourselves."