Disappointing performance sees Newcastle continue dominance over Brisbane

Brisbane Roar (0)
Newcastle Jets (1) Taggart 59’
at Lang Park, Brisbane

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Brisbane: Theo, Franjic, North, Smith, Stefanutto, Brattan, Ferreira, Lustica, Petratos, Broich, Berisha.
Substitutions: Henrique for Lustica (64’), Solórzano for Ferreira (64’), McKay for Petratos for McKay (76’).
Unused Substitutes: Acton, Donachie.
Yellow Cards: Stefanutto.
Red Cards: Nil.

Newcastle: Birighitti, Brillante, Jaliens, Mitchell, Gallaway, Caravella, Zadkovich, Virgili, Goodwin, Taggart, Heskey.
Substitutions: Pepper for Goodwin (72’), Gibbs for Heskey (77’), Oxborrow for Virgili (86’)
Unused Substitutes: Kennedy, Bridges.
Yellow Cards: Mitchell, Jaliens.
Red Cards: Nil

Newcastle having continued their dominance at Lang Park with a 1-0 win over Brisbane this afternoon. The win makes it 9 wins out of 13 games all time in Brisbane for the Jets and revives their top 6 chances. For Brisbane it’s a huge opportunity wasted with the chance to go 10 points clear at the top on offer today.

The big talking point of the game was the penalty decision on the hour mark where Japanese referee Takuto Okabe awarded the visitors a penalty when Joshua Brillante ran in behind Shane Stefanutto, who the referee deemed to foul the Jets defender. From my vantage point, my first reaction was that there was a foul, but it was outside the box and watching at home confirms my suspicions. Brillante sold it well with his reactions too it must be said. Nicely tucked away from Taggart as well.

Despite the controversial nature of their goal, the Jets were well worth their point with a solid game plan once again from the visitors. In his press conference Zane admitted that the plan was to sit back and hit on the counter, and that’s exactly what they did. Taggart in particular was impressive for the visitors with his runs in behind our defence.

Brisbane on the other hand never really got out of second gear with their passes both slow, and at times sloppy a particular lowlight. In addition to the passing being slow and sloppy, they also seemed to lack the usual penetration in the middle to front third that they usually have and that’s something that Mulvey alluded to in the press conference. With Ferreira, Lustica and Brattan in the middle of the park, while all three are reasonably solid players to say the least, none of them are particularly adept at getting forward in between the lines and linking up with the likes of Broich and Berisha, and that ones one of the biggest problems today.

As for Berisha, he’s coping a fair bit of heat for dropping off the forward line far too much, and while that is true, and we did need him in and around the penalty box. That does however tie in with the lack of a midfielder getting forward to provide the link. I did however notice his attitude change slightly just after he was in for a shot and opted to chip it wide to Franjic. Post game was also interesting with captain Matt Smith seemingly making a point by walking around almost the entire ground shaking supporters hands, while the other players grudgingly thanked the northern end for their support. All up it was a disappointing day, and you could see at full time the players knew they’d let a massive chance slip by.

Stats:
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Up next:
Brisbane head to Melbourne in their third last away game of the regular season, taking on the Heart next Sunday at the Rectangle Stadium Across town at almost the same time the W-League side will be playing their Grand Final, so Brisbane fans heading to, or living in the Victorian capital are spoilt for choice.

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