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Newcastle coach van Egmond optimistic after unlucky loss

Newcastle Jets Gary van Egmond is remaining optimistic despite losing 1-0 at home to Nagoya Grampus overnight.

The Jets had much of the play and created chances but were unable to convert whilst Nagoya received an ounce of luck to score the only goal of the encounter.

A pass from the Jets' Matt Thompson bounced back off the referee, resulting in Nagoya's goal and then the Jets missed a penalty late in the piece to go away empty handed.

van Egmond said the only thing they can do is look on to the next game.

"It is definitely a case of taking your chances," said van Egmond after the match.

"I thought Nagoya was the better of the teams in the first half in regards to dictating the game, but we wanted to ensure we kept our goal intact.

"Defensively we were quite sound. They had some half chances in the first half but I didn't think they created too many full clear cut chances.

"In the second half we started to push on in search of winning the game but when your luck is not in it is not in.

"I think the pass that Matt Thompson plays ricocheted off the ref and their boy gets the ball and runs down. We still had plenty of numbers there and we didn't clear it.

"Then we earn ourselves a penalty and we don't score.

"I am sure he (Petrovski) is feeling pretty down about it but we just have to regroup and get ready for our game against Beijing."

Andrew Slevison
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