Ugarkovic rues Jets’ creative deficiency in loss to Wanderers

A lack of creativity in attack cost Newcastle Jets a win over Western Sydney Wanderers, according to midfielder Steven Ugarkovic.

The Jets’ recent impressive string of results came to an end in Campbelltown on Sunday as Mark Jones’ side lost 2-0 against the Western Sydney Wanderers.

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Despite having their opportunities in an entertaining 90 minutes, the visitors couldn’t find a breakthrough and struggled to build any constant pressure without the suspended Andrew Hoole and Morten Nordstrand (concussion).

“In the final third we lacked a bit of creativity,” Ugarkovic told Fox Sports when asked what went wrong against the Wanderers.

“That was the main thing, we just have to create more chances and the goals will come.”

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The defeat means the Jets missed the opportunity to jump back into the top six, instead dropping to eighth spot behind the Wanderers.

But there’s a logjam forming at the bottom half of the top six, with just four points separating Perth Glory in fifth to the Jets in eighth.

For Ugarkovic, he was one of Newcastle’s best against the Wanderers, providing plenty of drive out of midfield.

“I’m enjoying my time at the jets now. I have a bit more confidence coming from last season and I’m just looking to help the team as much as I can,” the22-year-old said.

“I think we’re all enjoying our football, we’re just looking for that top-six finish now.”

The Jets have a short turnaround before their next match, returning home on Harvey Norman Friday night football for the visit of Melbourne City.