Newcastle Jets defender, Daniel Georgievski believes his side are still on track despite an uneasy start to the season.

Speaking to Evenings on FNR, the Macedonian international said his side has played as well as they did last season when they made the A-League Grand Final, but have not had luck go their way in front of goal.

“I think the last game against Perth summed it up in a way where the better team should have won,” Georgievski said.

“At the same time Perth played a style where they defend and if one of those balls went in the back of the net it would have been a different result,”

“That’s just been our season thus far.”

The defender also went on to say head-coach Ernie Merrick has been full of praise for the side despite only winning two games from their opening eight.

“We always keep hope, we have to keep hope, because we go into meetings with Ernie when we have lost but he says ‘I can’t say anything bad because you guys played amazing, the ball just won’t go in the back of the net’,” Georgievski said.

“Against Melbourne Victory and Sydney FC, it was the same thing, we had twenty-odd shots on goal which if we played bad, we say we lost fair and square but it hasn’t been that way.”

Georgievski also went on to speak about team-mate, Roy O’Donovan who has missed ten games through suspension and returns in this weekend’s F3 Derby against the Central Coast Mariners.



“He’s aching, he can’t stand still and we can kind of understand what he’s feeling but I don’t think anyone has experienced that as a player,” Georgievski said.

“His mind is fresh and ready and I am pretty sure he is going to do something special in a positive way.”

O’Donovan was suspended for a challenge on Melbourne Victory goal-keeper, Lawrence Thomas in last-season’s A-League Grand Final and has not featured this season.

The Irishman scored nine goals in 16 games last season with five of those coming against the Mariners.

Nick D’Urbano