Match Preview: Newcastle Jets vs Brisbane Roar

Newcastle Jets vs. Brisbane Roar
Saturday, 19 November 2011
Venue: Ausgrid Stadium
4.30pm (AEST)

TV Broadcast: Fox Sports 1
Radio broadcaster: 1233 ABC Newcastle

Head-to-Head: All matches (played 19): Newcastle Jets wins 7, Brisbane Roar wins 6 (6

Newcastle Jets squad: 1. Ben Kennedy (gk), 2. Taylor Regan, 4. Nikolai Topor-Stanley, 5. Tiago Calvano, 6. Ben Kantarovski, 7. Kasey Wehrman, 8. Jeremy Brockie, 10. Ruben Zadkovich, 11. Tarek Elrich, 12. Jobe Wheelhouse (c), 13. Sung-Hwan Byun, 14. Labinot Haliti, 17. James Virgili, 22. Ali Abbas, 23. Ryan Griffiths, 30. Jack Duncan (gk)
*three to be omitted*

In: 17. James Virgili, 22. Ali Abbas, 30. Jack Duncan (gk) (promoted)
Out: 19. Matthew Nash (gk) (omitted)
Unavailable: 18. Marko Jesic (international duty)

Brisbane Roar Squad: 1. Michael Theoklitos (GK), 2. Matt Smith (Capt.), 3. Shane Stefanutto, 5. Ivan Franjic, 6. Erik Paaratlu, 7. Besart Berisha, 8. Massimo Murdocca, 10. Henrique, 11. Issey Nakajima-Farran, 14. Rocky Visconte, 16. Mohamed Adnan, 18. Luke Brattan, 19. Jack Hingert, 21. James Meyer, 22. Thomas Broich, 30. Matt Acton (GK)
*one to be omitted*

In: James Meyer (promoted), Jack Hingert (promoted), Rocky Visconte (promoted)
Out: 4. Matt Jurman (international duty), 9. Kofi Danning (international duty)
Unavailable: 17. Mitch Nichols (International duty), 12. Matt Mundy (suspended – 1 week), 20 Andrew Redmayne (abdominal injury – 3 weeks)

Likely Starting XI’s:

Newcastle Substitutes: Duncan (GK), Regan, Kantarovski, Abbas.

Omitted: Virgili.

Brisbane Substitutes: Acton (GK), Hingert, Brattan, Meyer.

Omitted: Visconte.

Season form:

Newcastle: WLWLWL

Brisbane: WWWWDD


Top Scorer:

Newcastle: Jeremy Brockie ( 3 )

Brisbane: Besart Berisha ( 7 )

All time record vs Newcastle Jets: Played 19: Won 6, Drawn 6, Lost 7, Goals for-23, Goals against- 21.

At Ausgrid Stadium: Played 10: Won 5, Drawn 4, Lost 1, Goals for- 19, Goals against- 9.

Keys to the game:


First and foremost for the Jets, they will need to decide which way they want to go: do they go with the ‘parking the bus’ idea that Wellington went with last week, and Victory the week before or do they stick true to their own ideologies on football of a possession based game? For the record I believe that Newcastle will go with the latter, Van Egmond has been quiet public about that style of football since he took over, and in his prior work that’s what he has done so I can see him getting his team to play football, and he should be applauded for that imo.


So if we assume Newcastle try and play some football, they will then need to work out how to do this and do what nobody has managed to do since Postecoglou took over which is: dictate possession of the ball. Then offcourse they need to stop the Roar attacking football, but given that they haven’t scored from open play in 180 mins now there might be a blueprint on how to do that.



For the first time this season, Brisbane has some question marks surrounding them, and I’ll start by addressing the question around the match day squad. Missing Mitch Nichols is obviously a huge blow, but then taking out Matt Jurman from a solid backline and ‘super sub’ Kofi Danning out of the side too is a big blow. Jurman more so imo due to the fact that for mine Kofi is yet to find his feet in Brisbane. Backup keeper Andrew Redmayne will also miss out with injury, Acton will man the bench if needed.


Sayed Mohamed Adnan or ‘Mo’ will get his 1st start of the season and I for one will be very interested to see how he goes in a full game, given the only time I have seen him was for 45mins vs. the QSL North All Stars, so I’m very much looking forward to that. The bench will be very inexperienced as well- with Matt Acton as the backup keeper, Jack Hingert potentially making his debut, Luke Brattan is only young and then one of Meyer or Rocky Visconte. Imo it will be Meyer due to his versatility and his better form in youth last week.


Getting off to a quick start and finding the rhythm will be paramount to success down in Newcastle today, especially given the relative inexperience of the substitutes bench of course that could all change if Postecoglou decides to start Meyer or Visconte, and keep Nakajima-Farran on the bench. I expect that even if Newcastle do play football, that Brisbane will still have the line share of possession, but if they do play somewhat similarly it will make ball possession and making use of it when you have it even more critical. For mine it would be a good idea to play a high pressing game to stop them from even playing out at all, but that’s just me.


This is the quintessential danger game for Brisbane today for mine, when they will come up against Newcastle Jets down at the Ausgrid Stadium. While Brisbane have always had a good record at the ground –only defeat thus far was the Preliminary Final of 2008- this time heading to Newcastle there is defiantly a few issues surrounding the preparation. If Brisbane does manage to avoid defeat against the Jets today, they will equal a long standing record across all Australian football codes for games unbeaten, currently held by the Easts Rugby League club of Sydney. Best of luck to the boys down in Newcastle, here’s hoping they return home with the points. Finally, here are a few quotes from Ange Postecoglou earlier in the week.


“It’s the reason we brought (Adnan) in, we knew we’d have some international commitments this year,” Postecoglou said. “It was really important we had cover when that happened.

“Mo’s been pretty patient to be fair to him, waiting for his opportunity.

“We’ll throw him in tomorrow and I’m sure he’ll do well.

“We’ve prided ourselves on the fact that if we have had players missing we don’t miss a beat.

“Certainly going into this week we don’t think we’re understrength or missing anything.

“We’re really happy with the team we’re travelling down with.”


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