Birighitti: Jets didn't rock up

A desperately disappointed Mark Birighitti said Newcastle Jets didn’t deserve to win the NSW derby against Sydney FC on Friday night at Allianz.

“We were lucky to go into the sheds at half-time 0-0,” the Jets keeper told ABC radio after they succumbed to a second half goal to Sydney FC skipper Alex Brosque.

“Very frustrating - from the get-go we didn’t rock up. They were the better side."

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Birighitti twice denied Sydney FC’s Filip Holosko in the first half after the Slovakian international had also hit the Jets’ post.

He added: “To go into the break 0-0 was a positive for us. We knew at half-time what was going wrong.

“So the gaffer corrected us on that and we came out in the second half and had a good 10-15 minutes.

“But we didn’t really threaten much and were relying on set-pieces, and for a club like us, moving forward, it’s just not good enough and it’s frustrating.

“Going into games, we create very little but I’m sure we can turn that around.”

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Newcastle missed Brazilian playmaker Leonardo, replaced by starting debutant Ryan Kitto, but that was no excuse for the Jets who could’ve got on the scoresheet late in the second half with spurned chances to subs Crowley and Cowburn.

“We didn’t create much going forward,” Birighitti said. “And to be honest a fair result. We gifted them a goal.

“They didn’t really threaten our goal much and an individual error cost us in the end.”

The Jets must now regroup for a meeting next week against the on-fire Melbourne City at Hunter Stadium.