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Gaz’s Gone Drinkin – Match Review and Player Ratings – Brisbane Roar 2 – Newcastle United Jets FC 2

Some will look at the shots stats 23-7 and think we were hopelessly outplayed, truth be told the real stat to look at is the shot accuracy, 29% -50% the chances the roar created were not as clear and gilt edged as ours, and were restricted to scoring from a penalty and a deflection….. A deflection I might add, made by a defender lunging to cut out a ball destined for a player I reckon was offside.

I’ll be honest and say I had cash on us to win, and the draw, so while I did hedge my bets it was clear Friday’s performance is one that yet again points to a vast improvement in mentality and organization.

We deserved more than they did, to be honest. I thought they were unimaginative in attack, simply lobbing balls into the box and hoping to pick up scraps and they did little to get in behind us. We on the other hand, fought back from a slightly dodgy penalty, scored against the run of play, and conceded the equalizer with a horrendous deflection from some desperate defending.

A proud point if ever there was one, and the hint of disappointment in the squad as they trudged off shows they have truly stepped beyond the “be hard to beat” motto from earlier in the season. The January transfer window seems to have seen us rid ourselves of some negativity and take on board some balls to back ourselves. Long may it continue.

Birraz 8/10 some great saves in the final stages. By his own admission should have done more with the penalty….. Nah, screw that, he was excellent and any striker worth their money shouldn’t have given him any chance anyway, it was a shit penalty…. So yeah, screw him he should have done better. Kept us in the match and in all honesty that point should be chalked up as one he earned for us. Looking better on crosses, and boy did the roar throw some in.

Hoffman solid as always he’s been one of our most consistent this year 7/10 played confidently at the back and move the ball forward well. Annoys the shit out of me that some still hate on him from his time with us years ago. For a bloke who’s now a pretty handy fullback he was playing way too far forward back then. Hope he’s here for a a few more seasons to come.

Mulloongaard 7/10 both these lads should drop a turd in a burning paper bag at the aloisi brothers’ door ring the bell and run. Surely pay back is need after the roars brains trust insulting game plan of chipping balls into the box all day. Boogullen dealt with the monotonous Brisbane attack with relative ease, and if not for a soft penalty and a deflection would have earned another clean sheet.

Cowburn 6/10 did well to keep his head screwed on straight after the penalty, a soft call, but a correct one IMO. Hopefully he learns from it….. Either to not let the quick blokes get a shoulder inside him, or to hit the ground quicker than a striker who gets a shoulder inside him. Bloke should buy Ando a few beers for magically producing spare boots. Ando 10/10 made a pair of boots magically appear. What more can a kit-man do! Cowburn substituted by….

Jackson 6/10 did his job. Executed the game plan, demonstrated a keen understanding of what’s expected of him when representing Newcastle. Played his role within the team and buzzworded well, buzzworded effectively in attack linking well with his buzzword. That’s what Miller said anyway.

Poljak 7/10 workhorse on suncorp, a massive pitch and he had the roar midfield largely contained to hopefull balls into the box or passes pushed to men already tightly marked. Thankless task the DM role, just ask Yaya. I’d buy Mateo a birthday cake anyday. Substituted by….

Kanta 6/10 played 13 minutes got yet another yellow. Like Jackson, came on and buzzworded all over the place.

Stevie uG 8/10 like Nordstrand, Stevie uG is a glimpse of the quality we need. He’s strong on the ball, quick across the turf and plays his teammates into space intelligently. Our best midfield player we’ve had at the club since Vignaroli. Lock him up in fort scratchley till he signs on for 7 years.

Leonardo 5/10 looks slow in the last 25 minutes, many passes left wanting. Looked like he should have been dragged off after 70 minutes, but was left on the pitch to get 90minutes into his legs…. And show him that he’s not fully fit yet. Great on the ball, can dance the electric boogaloo with the pigskin, but passes worse than any of the Auckland Kings did.

Cooper 6/10 I know what I’m about to say may seem contradictory but he deserved his goal, and deserved to be hooked after 45. Present, without being highly effective. Substituted by….

Nordstrand 7/10 not the same impact from last week but that would be hard. Linked well when moving forward and again showed he has that touch of class we have been missing.

Alivodic 5/10 he really is the direct opposite of Andrey Arshavin. He works his backside off for the team, but has no end product. He needs to be tied to a chair and made to watch Nordstrands assist for Triffo’s 2nd vs City on loop for 90minutes so he gets to understand he value of an early ball and not trying to beat a bloke 5 times before crossing. Clearly he spent too much time with Carney. Love the bloke, but was frustrating.

triffo! 8/10 ice cool from the spot, and has really started working well, clearly enjoying playing with the Great Dane as opposed the great albino. I’m enjoying watching him drop a little deeper and hold the ball up and bring the midfield into the game with a close attention from the opposition. Love the fact he looks like he doesn’t give a shit, he’s clearly got the best poker face in the team.

Gaz’s Gone Drinking – Match Ratings and Review – Newcastle United Jets 3 – Wellington Phoenix 1

Hi all, as this is my first attempt at doing a true and thorough match review, please go easy.
Jets and Wellington Player Ratings……

Birraz – 6: A very shaky performance. Caught in no man’s land on a couple of occasions. Relieved to have little to do in the second half as his side dominated thoroughly.
Mullen – 6: Went missing down the right flank when McGlinchey drilled in the low cross to set up the opening goal and continually left gaps throughout the first half. Looked more comfortable when he switched to centreback.
Jackson – 7: Strong in the air. Knew where to be and when to be there. Helped out in attack whenever possible and even set-up the crucial equalizer.
Hoffman – 6.5: Kept on battling despite taking two blows to his shoulder. Had to be taken off at the break.
Boogs – 7.5: Provided the biggest threats in the first half with his darting runs down the left flank. Made a pivotal clearance off the line to keep his side afloat. The outcome could have been very different if it wasn’t for him.
Carney – 6.5: Very industrious but for all his clever runs and cheeky flicks, there was hardly any end product.
Poljak – 7: Didn’t see as much of the ball as he would’ve liked. His long range passing and shooting looked suspiciously out of sync.
Kitto – 6.5: Left flailing whenever Wellington’s midfield line charged forward on the counter. Looked more composed in the second half as the team started controlling the match.
Kanta – 7: Barely noticeable for large parts of the first half. But took all of two minutes into the second half to come to life with a stunning strike to draw the game levelled.
Alivodic – 7.5: Caused the Wellington backline endless headaches. Had a few strong shouts for a penalty. Like Kanta, he looked out of sorts with his normally lethal shooting.
Milos – 6.5: Spurned a number of great chances with his indecisiveness. Ironically, it was because of that flaw that lead to the second goal when he missed a shooting chance and had to play the ball back to Poljak.

Cowburn – 8.5: Completely turned the game around and revived his team’s jaded attack. Left the Wellington defenders chasing thin air most of the time. Showed his class with a clinical finish for the third goal.
Leonardo – 7: Held up the ball well when he needed to. Created the third goal with a lovely pull back.
Cooper – 4: Meh.

Moss – 7: Made a few good saves to deny Newcastle drawing levelled in the first period. Could not be blamed for the three goals his team leaked in.
Gulley – 6.5: Good reading of the game. Knew exactly when to cut into the middle to help out his centrebacks. But very fortunate to stay on the pitch after the reckless tackle on Kitto.
Durante – 7.5: Barely put a foot wrong. Dealt with everything Newcastle could muster in the first period, whether it was low passes, high balls, crosses or through balls. Continued to impress in the second but the pressure was just too much.
Danaskos – 6: A little unsure with his positioning, but together with Durante, they kept Newcastle at bay for long periods.
Fox – 6.5: Like Gulley, he had to work hard cutting in from the flank to the centre to overload the penalty area.
Lia– 6: Quietly pulled the strings in the first half but just went plain quiet in the second. Had to play virtually as an extra defender just to get a touch of the ball.
Bonevacia – 7: So lively in the first half but like everyone else in Stripes, completely disappeard after the restart.
Rodriguez– 6: Made up the numbers in midfield but started to struggled immensely when Alivodic dropped down deep following Cowburn’s introduction.
Riera – 6.5: Solid in the first half but failed to keep up with the pace in the second and it was his failure to pick out Poljak’ run that lead to Newcastle’s second goal.
McGlinchey – 7: Constantly back-tracked to help out Fox to defend the left flank. Exploited the space left vacant for him to attack but a shame none of his other deliveries from the wings were converted into goals.
Powell – 6: Like Milos, he fluffed a few decent chances in the first half. He must have regretted it as he was utterly isolated after the resumption.
Appiah-Kubi – 5: Only had one meaningful touch of the ball and he went and gave it away.
Doyle – 5: Brought in to tighten up the backline but he didn’t do any better than the rest.
Ridenton – 6: Extra points for scoring his side’s only goal.

If after reading this, you get the feeling I didn’t even watch the game…. You’re right – my real Sunday Arvo match report would actually read as follows….. I was planning to get the Wellington Game all week, Furns had even asked me to do a player ratings match report, I’d filled the car with Petrol to save time on Sunday arvo as the 2hr drive from beautiful sleepy Wingham isn’t one that I’m too keen to add time onto….. Then on Saturday night I got a message from a mate calling a Sunday arvo beers session at a chilled out local beer garden… some crazy weird Hippy band were playing and the beers were expected to be cold. The Stone and Wood Pacific Ale was a bit light and “thin” so I quickly switched the White Rabbit Dark Ale, which was much more robust in flavour and far easier to sit on and chill out, to the Gypsy Pirate Circus weird stuff these band (who looked like Beetlejuice and Captain Jack Sparrow’s love child on Acid) were playing. I got home just in time for Dinner and to listen to Big Phil and Adam talk about lots of things and occasionally fill us in on what was happening on the pitch. The kids needed bathing so I turned off the radio at 1-0 figuring that if me not being at the match in person was actually helping the team win, then listening to it on the radio probably wasn’t a good idea…. So in short, it’s my fault we won!

Important links for the fully immersive online experience of football match reports…..
The Bar I was at instead of being at the game….. http://www.flowbar.com.au/#about
Stone and Wood Pacific Ale details…… http://stoneandwood.com.au/beers/pacific-ale/
White Rabbit, Dark Ale, by Little Creatures….. http://whiterabbitbeer.com.au/
The Band – the Sea Gypsie Orchestra … https://soundcloud.com/the-sea-gypsies-1
the match report – a 3-1 Win for Arsenal over Everton in 2008… http://www.goal.com/en/news/8/main/2008/10/18/919065/player-ratings-arsenal-3-1-everton

Gary Fish