Defensive mistakes cost Brisbane in Newcastle.

Newcastle Jets (2) Taggart 50’, 75’
Brisbane Roar (1) Brattan 39’

(442/Getty Images)

(442/Getty Images)

Brisbane: Theo, Hingert, Donachie, Smith, Brown, North, Ferreira, Brattan, Petratos, Broich, Henrique.
Substitutions: Yeboah for Ferreira (56’), Borrello for Henrique (73’), Theodore for Donachie (84’).
Yellow Cards: North, Ferreira.
Red Cards: Nil

Newcastle: Birighitti, Neville, Jaliens, Chapman, Pepper, Kantarovski, Zadkovich, Brillante, Hoole, Taggart, Burns.
Substitutions: Heskey for Brillante (53’), Goodwin for Hoole (71’), Caravella for Taggart (90’).
Yellow Cards: Kantarovski, Chapman, Taggart.
Red Cards: Jaliens.

Brisbane have suffered their 2nd defeat of the new season after a host of second half defensive errors let Newcastle back into the game. After Luke Brattan gave Brisbane a first half lead via a poor punch from Birighitti and lax marking on the edge of the box, the hosts turned the score around in the second half. Adam Taggart was the hero for the hosts as he pounced on two poor pieces of defending from Brisbane –either side of a missed Nathan Burns penalty- but from the Brisbane point of view the mistakes in the second half were unacceptable.

Firstly the Smith blunder and there appeared to be some miscommunication between Theo and Smith, and it reminded me of that goal the Victory scored against us in that 3-0 defeat in 2010. Following that was the Jade North hand ball which was clear as day and he could have no complaints, infact he couldn’t really have argued if referee Matt Gillett gave him a second yellow card. Donachie’s pass was a poor one and even without the puddles there’s a chance that it wasn’t going to find its mark in any case. Tidy finish from Taggart however it should be pointed out.

Player wise, for mine Brattan was head and shoulders above his teammates today and played his role well once again continuing his solid start to the season.. Without wanting to make excuses the conditions played a massive part in the game with the puddles all over the pitch, ultimately however this is one of those games you have to chalk up to one of those days. With Berisha, McKay and Franjic all expected to be fit for the game against the Wanderers on Friday, im sure we’ll be fine.

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Up Next:
Brisbane returns home for the first time in 3 weeks for a top of the table clash with the Western Sydney Wanderers on Friday night. A massive crowd is expected and hopefully it leads to Brisbane’s 1st win over the boys from Western Sydney. Miller, Berisha, McKay, Franjic and Stefanutto will all likely be available for selection should Mulvey decide changes are necessary.

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