Caravella: Jets strike force just waiting to click

A-League returnee Zenon Caravella says the Newcastle Jets will have to be more lethal in front of goal after dropping points in the first two rounds.

Caravella made his first start of the season coming off the bench in the second half against Melbourne City.

The 31-year old helped to the Jets to turn the game and grab a 1-0 lead before Spanish superstar David Villa struck late to secure a 1-1 draw.

In round one the Mariners scored in injury-time of the F3 derby to snatch all three points in a 1-0 win.

“It was good to be back playing again,” Caravella said after the City match.

“It was a good crowd and it was just a good feeling to be out there and getting back into it again.

“I thought the first half we were soaking up, they have a lot of good players obviously, so were just soaking up their pressure and in the second half I felt that we controlled a good part of the game.

“We probably should have got the three points.”

Caravella had a great opportunity to score in the second half but sent his shot over the posts.

“To be honest, I had to score that chance in front of goal,” he admits.

“If you’re 2-0 up with 10 minutes to go, you’re a good chance to win the game. We have to be more clinical in front of goal and we have to put away our chances.

“I think we’ve got a very good side and a good strike force as well with (Marcos) Flores, Jonny Steele, (Joel) Griffiths, the South Americans in Jeronimo and the Ecuadorian (Edson Montano).

“There’s a lot of goals in those kind of players. It’s just a matter of getting it all to click and I think we’re pretty solid so far.”

Villa’s strike was his second goal in two matches and Caravella described the World Cup winner as amazing.

“So sharp, such beautiful touches,” he said.

“It’s funny, he doesn’t look like he’s going to score and then he gets a chance - not even half a chance.

“He’s just clinical, he put it away and that’s what they do. It’s very easy to get punished.”

Caravella left Newcastle in the off-season to focus on a family business but had a change of heart and rejoined the Jets a few weeks ago.

The former Gold Coast United midfielder, who missed virtually all of pre-season training, is happy to be back.

“I love it,” Caravella said. “It’s always I’ve ever done my whole life is play football.

“To come back and play again it’s beautiful, it’s a beautiful feeling. I’m just enjoying every day and having a good time out there in the pitch.

“I’m not 100% fit but slowly getting there, just building into games. Hopefully I can build from the Melbourne City game and not go too crazy either.

“I don’t want to get injured or anything like that. At the moment I’m just trying to find a bit of a balance.”

Newcastle has its first four games of the season away with Hunter Stadium being resurfaced in time for the Asian Cup.

The Jets face Wellington in New Zealand this weekend and then play Perth Glory at nib Stadium before their first home match against Melbourne Victory on November 8.

“It’s always nice to play in front of your home crowd but in the A-League it’s a good experience playing away as well,” Caravella added.

“I think a lot of the boys enjoy playing away, different crowds, it’s tough but also enjoyable.”