Brisbane steal points in stoppage time

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Newcastle Jets 1 (Pavicevic 72’)
Brisbane Roar 2 (Solórzano 35’, O.G 93’)
6,994 at Hunter Stadium, Newcastle.

Brisbane XI: Theo, Polenz, Donachie, Stefanutto, Brown, Sarota, Brattan, McKay, Borrello, Broich, Solórzano.
Substitutions: North for Brown (76’), Lustica for Sarota (79’).
Unused Substitutes: Young, Bowles, Danning.
Yellow Cards: None.
Red Cards: None.

Newcastle XI: Kennedy, Neville, Regan, Kantarovski, Caravella, Hoole, Gallagher, Pepper, M. Cooper, Mullen, Montano.
Substitutions: Pavicevic for M. Cooper (55’), Ki-Je for Hole (89’), Welsh for Neville (92’).
Unused Substitutes: Vanstrattan, T. Cooper.
Yellow Cards: Kantarovski, Hoole, Pavicevic, Neville.
Red Cards: Nil.

Brisbane Roar have pinched the points in stoppage time for the second week running with a last minute winner. After Newcastle boss Phil Stubbins threw on Alan Welsh in a time wasting move, the defender was the unlucky man who turned the ball into his own net to gift Brisbane the winner.

Newcastle started the game off with the first chance of the game early on, with Edson Montano’s header hitting the crossbar early on, before the Roar took over. While it wasn’t the free flowing Roar of previous years, the visiting side did control the majority of the ball. Newcastle’s compact defending made things very difficult for Brisbane to play through, with the home side restricting Brisbane to playing the ball around amongst the defenders in the defensive and middle thirds of the field.

Despite not creating many, if any, chances throughout the first half, Brisbane did eventually take the lead ten minutes before the break after a breakdown in communications at a corner left Jean Carlos Solórzano free inside the six yard box. The Costa Rican was found by Broich with an excellent deliver, and the striker finished from close range to score his 4th goal of the season.

In the second half the pattern was mostly the same, with the Roar in possession and the Jets looking to restrict the space for the opening 15 minutes of the half. From about the hour mark however the Jets got forward more confidently and began to create some chances of the their own and it wasn’t a surprise when they got their equaliser.

Substitute Radovan Pavicevic, was a handful when he came on early in the second half, and he was the man to give the Jets a way back into the game. The goal itself came from a long ball out of defence directed towards Brisbane’s left hand side, and it’s fair to say that Corey Brown didn’t cover himself in glory with his defending. Pavicevic easily controlled the ball, before advancing into the box, past the onrushing Theo before poking home calmly for his first goal in the A-League.

After that it was the Jets who had the better of the play late on, with Daniel Mullen having their best chance at a winner, but his header went just over the crossbar. Brisbane then created one final chance in stoppage time when Solórzano made a run down the left hand side, which earned the Roar a free kick just outside the box. From that cross Broich picked out an area in front of the keeper and the unlucky Alan Welsh deflected it past Ben Kennedy and into the back of the net gifting the win to Brisbane.

Despite getting the win, it was far from an impressive performance from the Roar, with by captain and coach agreeing that they got incredibly lucky to get the win, and that they underperformed on the night. They had a lot of possession especially in the first half, and while the possession and ball retention was good, they did little with it and were almost made to pay for it against a Newcastle side that went into the game struggling badly. The other thing I didn’t like about the game, and it’s more of a criticism of Thijssen in general is his substitutions that he does, and doesn’t make. I might write more about that more during the week.

Match Stats:
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Up next:
Brisbane are on the road again next Friday night against Central Coast, a ground where they picked up a 3-3 draw back in December. They remain 7th, one point outside the top six, however Melbourne City have the chance to extend that gap tomorrow night in the derby. Meanwhile the National Youth League side are in action tomorrow, also against Central Coast at Perry Park. Kick-off is from 3.00pm.

 

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