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Australian Football: Milicic settles for a point

Macarthur coach Ante Milicic felt a 2-2 draw against the Newcastle Jets on Saturday afternoon was a fair result even though his side let the lead slip on two occasions.

Macarthur have set their sights on winning the 2021/22 A-League grand final and picked up another point to take them to third place on the ladder.

Lead squandererd

It could have been all three points as they were leading 2-1 with 30 minutes left to play but Jets substitute Eli Babalj scored with a header on 79 minutes to hand a point to the home side.

Tomislav Uskok put the Bulls in front in the 21st minute at the McDonald Jones Stadium before striker Beka Mikeltadze levelled matters from the penalty spot on 33 minutes.

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A wonder striker from Tommy Oar had Macarthur back in front on 60 minutes but they could not hang on to the lead as Babalj headed home a Daniel Penha cross.

Right at the death Babalj thought he had scored the winner only for it to be ruled out for offside, much to the relief of Milicic who in the end was happy to settle for a point.

"I am super proud of my boys," Milicic told reporters after the game. "Hopefully everyone is OK and we can refresh and move forward. In the last 10 minutes of the first half we were on our knees.

"I thought we had a good go in the second half but on the balance of play it's probably a fair result."

Time to rest

Macarthur now have a few days to recover before they face a spell of three games in the space of eight days starting with a clash against Melbourne Victory on Friday.

Then they take on Melbourne City before a home clash with Western Sydney Wanderers.

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