Newcastle Jets coach Arthur Papas felt it was a case of two points being dropped as his side were held to a 0-0 draw against Perth Glory on Wednesday night.
The Jets are priced at 9/4 to finish in the top six of the A-League this season and in the end it could turn out to be a crucial point.
However for now it felt like two dropped for Papas as he watched the Jets dominate the first half without breaching a resolute
Newcastle had a total of 21 shots but could not find a way past Liam Reddy in the Perth goal. Star striker Beka Mikeltadze had the best chance when he rounded Reddy but could only shoot wide.
"Probably does feel like a couple of points dropped," Papas told reporters after the game. "Especially after the first half. I thought in the first half we were very strong with the ball.
"We played most of the half in their half and missed a couple of very good chances."
Glory were again forced to field a youthful side as injuries and suspension took their toll, but they raised their games after the break.
Nick Fitzgerald went the closest to scoring when forcing a save out Jack Duncan and interim coach Ruben Zadkovich praised the effort of his starlets.
"If you really think about it, it's actually huge for our club," he said. "The quality cattle that we've got coming through. I know them well because I've spent hours on the grass in my previous role mentoring and shaping those guys.
"I think it was clear tonight that there's a real bright future for some of those boys."