The Jets were looking for a third win on the bounce to cement their label as a genuine threat this season.

Unfortunately for Craig Deans and his team, they were stopped in their tracks by a tough Brisbane Roar side on Thursday night in what he described as a wake up call.

“To be honest, the last two games we’ve won by a goal and we’ve played okay but we’ve played two of the weaker teams in the competition,” he said.

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The game against Roar was a scrappy affair and both teams missed big chances. Despite that, Brisbane always looked like the better side and controlled most of the game.

“Now that we’re up against a better opponent we got found out.

“We need to have a good look at ourselves and go back to what we did best last year which was really good work ethic, good unity and showing a desire to win.”

In the lead up to the game, Deans had a few selection headaches with a number of players coming back from injury. Returning from Chicago, Arin Wright was preferred to Cortnee Vine, who had scored twice in three games.

Wright looked rusty at times given she hasn’t played a full match in a number of weeks.

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“With hindsight, maybe I should have started Wright on the bench and she could’ve had a bigger impact coming on. That’s one for me to have a think about.

“Cortnee Vine is the hardest done by. She had two goals in the first three games and on paper was performing well.”

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With a wealth of talented options in the squad, Deans was adamant that no excuses can be made.

“It’s not good enough anymore to say ‘we’re only the Jets, we don’t have the budget, we don’t have whatever.’ We’ve got exactly what we want so we need to be better than we were tonight.”

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