Round 2 Match Review- Youthful Newcastle brush aside disjointed Brisbane

Newcastle Jets (4)
Brisbane Roar (0)
8335 at McDonald Jones Stadium, Newcastle

Brisbane have began their 2016-17 road portion of their schedule with a disappointing 4-0 loss away to Newcastle this afternoon. An own goal from Jack Hingert in addition to strikes from Nigel Boogaard, Steven Ugarkovic and ex Brisbane attacker Devante Clut made it an afternoon to remember for the Jets.

Goals
8’ (NEW) 1-0. Own Goal (Hingert)- A turnover playing out from the back by Luke DeVere was pounced on by Nabbout who sprinted past Corey Brown down the Jets right hand side before putting a cross in to the edge of the six yard box which was turned into his own net by Jack Hingert.

62’ (NEW) 2-0. Nigel Boogaard. A poor corner from Andrew Hoole was turned into a chance for the home side by Ben Kantarovski at the back post, whose cross back into the box found Jets captain Nigel Boogaard free on the edge of the six yard box to head home.

71’ (NEW) 3-0. Steven Ugarkovic. Newcastle wrapped up the points with 20 minutes to play thanks to a shot from the edge of the box by Ugarkovic, although Brisbane wont be impressed by their playing out from the back after another mistake lead to a goal

86’ (NEW) 4-0. Devante Clut. Former Brisbane attacker Devante Clut –who was discarded in the off-season rounded on the scoring in the last 10 minutes after a missed clearance by Jade North saw Nabbout in behind, with the recent addition unselfishly squaring to Clut who had a tap in.

Aside from the goals the best chances also fell to the home side, with Newcastle amassing the better chances over the course of the 90 minutes.

Brisbane’s best chance of the game came midway through the first half, with his shot destined for the top corner before a fantastic save from Jack Duncan tipping it onto the crossbar before going out for the corner.

While Newcastle were very slick and deserving of the three points, for Brisbane it was a very lethargic display lacking in energy and attacking intent.

With club captain Matt McKay missing due to suspension, Jacob Pepper made his first start in the midfield next to Thomas Kristensen and the duo struggled to gain control of the game with Ugarkovic and Kantarovski coming out on top in the midfield battle.

The biggest issue with the midfield was with the passing, with the majority of passes completed by the duo either sideways or backwards. Pepper was the biggest culprit of this with Kristensen’ pass map a little more balanced, youngster Nathan Konstandopoulos however was much more positive in his passing late in the game.

While there’s an argument to be made for retaining and recycling possession there has to be some form of cutting edge to that possession and for Brisbane today there was little to show, with Maclaren rarely sighted over the course of the 90 minutes.

The return from suspension of McKay should help with this as he’s long been an important link in getting the ball forward to the teams attacking players. In addition to slower than usual ball movement, the implementation of more forward passes to attacking players would improve Brisbane’

Brisbane Roar: Theo, Hingert, DeVere, North, Brown, Kristensen, Pepper, Holman, Borrello, Oar, Maclaren.
Substitutions: Broich for Borrello (60’), Konstandopoulos for Pepper (73’), Bowles for DeVere (76’)
Unused Substitutes: Young, D’Agostino.
Yellow Cards: Nil
Red Cards: Nil

Newcastle Jets: Duncan, Cowburn, Boogaard, Jackson, Vujica, Kantarovski (68’), Ugarkovic, Brown, Nabbout (89’), Hoole, Nordstrand (46’).
Substitutions: Clut for Nordstrand (46’), Poljak for Kantarovski (68’), Haliti for Nabbout (89’)
Unused Substitutes: Clark, Cooper.
Yellow Cards: Nil
Red Cards: Nil

Stats, Facts & Figures
– This was Brisbane’s biggest loss to the Newcastle Jets, eclipsing the  3-0 loss from back in the 2006-07 season.

Up next- The second half of this New South Wales double header, with Brisbane travelling to Central Coast Mariners for a meeting between two sides with one point out of six, and coming off 4-0 defeats away from home.

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