Western Sydney Wanderers fans were left scratching their heads and asking what they had just witnessed as one of the Club’s most dominant displays went unrewarded.
Having over three times as many shots as the opposition, the Red & Black peppered Ben Kennedy with 18 shots while the Jets could only muster a single shot on target in the 1-1 draw.
It was the makings of a classic high-scoring victory early and when Tomi Juric blasted in a volley direct off of a Vitor Saba corner, Newcastle were on the ropes.
It seemed as though the home side was going to take advantage of it too with attack after attack streaming forward.
The front four of Saba, Juric, Nikita Rukavytsya and Romeo Castelen have the potential to be the most potent forward pack in the league and they showed glimpses of it today.
For a combination who have only ever played one match together to register enough chances to shoot 18 times is incredible.
As is the case in football though, partnerships take time to form and the Red & Black’s front quartet are not yet the finished product as evidenced by their return of only a solitary goal.
This will change and come the business end of the season these lads will be the envy of the league as understanding and the experience of playing with each other regularly takes effect.
In the meantime, and while it is by no means panic stations (draws are still frustrating – especially when the points looked to have been there for the taking), the Sydney Derby is next week and goals will be needed to win.
Creation and domination does not seem to be an issue and with another [mostly] impressive defensive effort there is, rightfully, anticipation that the Wanderers first home win of the season will come over their cross-city rivals.