Western Sydney Wanderers boss Mark Rudan was left to rue his side's failure to take their chances as they slipped to a 1-0 defeat against his former club Western United.
The Wanderers are priced at 2/1 to go on and finish in the top six of the A-League this season and Rudan was disappointed to finish the game completely empty handed.
Rudan only took over as coach on Monday and after beating Perth Glory 1-0 on Wednesday was hoping to make it back-to-back wins with another three points against Western.
But they were made to pay for some sloppy finishing as Aleksandar Prijovic fired home the only goal of the game for the visitors.
Even before Western had taken the lead Wanderers should have gone in front with high-profile imports Jack Rodwell and Tomer Hemed both missing good chances to score.
Then when chasing the game Keijiro Ogawa should have levelled matters in the 59th minute when being put clean through on goal but could only hit the post.
Despite having 16 shots during the game, only one was on target and Rudan says that is something they definitely have to improve on if they are to start climbing the ladder.
"It was one-way traffic," Rudan told reporters after the defeat. "Even the opportunities that they had were through our mistakes, which we need to improve on.
"In terms of the intensity, the possession, the position that led to chances that led to shots, we need to hit the target. That's the difference."