Brisbane head coach Mel Andreatta cut a frustrated figure during and after her side’s loss to the Newcastle Jets.

First half frailties against a clinical counter-attacking performance from Newcastle Jets proved costly as continuous attacking raids by Brisbane went begging in a less than inspired shooting display.

Despite dominating passages of play Brisbane could not breach the efforts of a sturdy Jets defensive effort with a multitude of Hayley Raso and Emily Gielnik opportunities unable to land in the back of the net.

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Andreatta identified post-match that the first half showing was not an accurate representation of her side’s form.

“We’re disappointed, it’s certainly not indicative of the preparation or the games before,” she said.

“We need to be better in key areas and we’ll keep working hard to improve some of those key moments that were highlighted in the first half that weren’t good enough.

“We just weren’t good enough today in transition especially from set pieces, they executed that well and we’ll have to improve that area.

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“We did that in the second half so we’ll do that through the week again perform better next week.”

Brisbane still remains level with Perth Glory and now Newcastle on top of the ladder heading into important fixtures against Melbourne City and Glory to round off 2017.

The challenge that awaits has Andreatta insistent of a bounce-back performance to right the wrongs of their 3-0 loss.

“We’re all about being the best that we can be,” she said.

“This team and this club love a challenge and I think they only step up when they’re backs are up against the wall.

“We’ll see that this week in training and they’ll bounce back and put that second half performance together on top of a better performance against Melbourne City.”

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