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BLOG: More Cubby House than Fortress

When Nigel Boogaard was quoted in the Newcastle Herald on December 15th, prior to last weekend’s match against Adelaide, that the Jets “need to make Hunter Stadium a fortress”, it got me thinking about how the team have performed on the much improved pitch over the last 12 months. I guess it came as no surprise what I found, because I certainly had an inkling, but more on that later.

To say it’s been a massive year both on and off the park for the Jets would be an understatement. It generally hasn’t been for the right reasons, either. It started in January with the club having achieved 7 points from a possible 39 before receiving the heaviest defeat in their history at the hands of Adelaide United.

This led to the departure of 3 coaching staff and 5 players from the club in one of the clubs lowest points. A second streak of 10 matches in the season without a win occurred before finishing the season with a 2-1 loss to a second string Brisbane, ensuring the wooden spoon returned to Newcastle once more. The Jets won only once at home last season – a 2-1 win over an Adelaide who had the week before won the inaugural FFA Cup.

Successive months where late payment of staff and player wages ensued, which eventually prompted the FFA into action and they responded by removing Tinkler’s A-League licence. Phil Stubbins was removed as manager and most players re-signed with the new entity, with only Jacob Pepper and Scott Neville moving to Western Sydney and Andrew Hoole moving to Sydney FC.

Under the guidance of Mitchell Murphy and his small, yet hard working team, the club started to restore some faith with the business community and fans alike. Major sponsorship was announced, membership engagement forums were held and the Jets started to reach out to the community. Then came the signing of Scott Miller who spoke of a desire to rebuild the team along with a man who had self-proclaimed unfinished business in Jean-Paul DeMarigny.

More than 7000 members signed up for the new regime with potential optimism about a team, on paper, mixed with A-League quality in Boogaard, Daniel Mullen, Mateo Poljak, David Carney and Mark Birighitti and overseas quality in Lee Ki-Je, Enver Alivodic and Leonardo Santiago.

The club had started this A-League campaign well with 3 wins from 4 matches – a stark turnaround from Season 2014/15, but since then have found teams more difficult to break down. There’s no doubting the Jets have suffered from serious and ongoing injuries to key players which has forced Miller to blood younger players from the squad early in the season.

While Miller’s team have a better record at home this year than the squad under Stubbins (he’s only 1 point behind equalling Stubbin’s record at home for points attained), the Jets in my opinion have failed to capitalise on the advantage you would expect from a home team over the last 12 months.

In 2015, the Jets record in the 14 matches at home was 1 win, 5 draws and 8 losses. They scored 9 goals and conceded 20. In only one match they managed scored more than 1 goal. They’ve scored 1 goal in the first half of a home match, the only match they’ve lead at half time, compared to 3 from the opposition. The Jets have also been held scoreless in 7 matches. Throughout this run, more than 9200 loyal fans, on average, have shown up to mostly go home disappointed.

I honestly forget how it feels to celebrate a win and the memories of a Jet’s team from the early A-League years full of attacking swagger are fading. There are many questioning the atmosphere, or lack there-of at Hunter Stadium, but with results like those above is it any surprise? I look forward to the days when I can again attend a match confident a team is going to struggle against us. At the moment, I attend matches full of uncertainly about what Jets team will show up and whether we can repel the opposition for 90 minutes.

I’m optimistic the last year’s results aren’t reflective of the fortress the Jets are looking to build. There’s no doubt the task ahead is massive. It will be interesting to look back in another 12 months and see if we have progressed, because to me, as it currently stands, Hunter Stadium doesn’t look a fortress. It looks more like a cubby-house.

David Keating aka Jeterpool

The Jetstream Podcast Ep42 – He’s not in the i20

Furns (@newyboys) is away again this week, so David (@Jeterpool) hosts this edition with Michael (@BodyNovo) and Heath (@parksey_10) live from Wests Leagues. They go into detail on the heavy defeat at home to Melbourne City FC. Dave also talks about the Jets Youth match against the FFA CoE, as well at the W-League game on Sunday that took place prior to the A-League game.
In off-field news the lads talk about the imminent departure of Lee Ki-Je to Ulsan Hyundai and rumours of David Carney moving on, where we need reinforcements to replace them, the Jets Members Christmas Party and the #NewyHelps raffle draw we conducted live on Periscope.
Then they preview the home game against Adelaide United at Hunter Stadium this Friday and give their tips and thoughts on the rest of the games in Round 11.

No storms or power failures this week, but plenty of background TV noise.

Continue reading The Jetstream Podcast Ep42 – He’s not in the i20

Hyundai A-League 2015/16 – Round 11 Match Preview – Newcastle United Jets FC vs Adelaide United FC

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2015/2016 Hyundai A-League
Season 11 Round 11

Newcastle United Jets FC vs Adelaide United FC

When: Friday 18th December, 2015
Where: Hunter Stadium, 294 Turton Road, New Lambton, NSW
Kickoff: 740pm AEDST (Gates open 640pm)
Tickets: Ticketmaster Link

Watch: LIVE on Foxsports 4 and FoxSports 4HD
Listen: ABC Newcastle 1233 or ABC Grandstand online
Tweet: @newyboys #NTUA #NEWvADL

Active support is located in Bay 60. 
Anyone wishing to enter Bay 60 needs to hold a Bay 60 membership or a valid ticket.
If you are already a Jets Member, please go to Members Services to the left of Western Stand gates to be issued a gameday Bay 60 ticket.
For non-members you can purchase a Bay 60 ticket via ticketmaster or the dedicated Bay 60 ticket window to the right of the Western Stand gates. 

FIXTURE FACTS

Overall – 32 matches between the two teams.
Jets Wins – 10, United Wins – 13, Drawn – 9

In Newcastle – 14 matches.
Jets Wins – 7, United Wins – 5, Drawn – 2
In Adelaide – 18
Jets Wins – 3, United Wins – 8, Drawn – 7

Average Home A-League Crowd – 10521
Average Away A-League Crowd – 9925

Goals in Fixture
Jets – 33, United – 43
In Newcastle –
Jets – 16, United – 13

1st Goals in Fixture
Jets – 15, United – 13

Cards in Fixture
Jets – 82 (80 yellow, 2 red), United 49 (46 yellow, 3 red)

Recent Form (FFA Cup & A-League)
Jets – DDDLL (3 points from last 15)
United – LDLWW (7 points from last 15)

Leading Scorers
Jets – Milos Trifunovic (4)
United – Pablo Sanchez (3)

Last Result –
Jets 0 – United 0 at Coopers Stadium, A-League, Round 7, 22/11/2015.

Starting line-ups from Last Meeting in Season 11 Round 4

Newcastle Jets Adelaide United
Mark Birighitti Eugene Galekovic
Jason Hoffman Michael Marrone
Nigel Boogaard Dylan McGowan
Lachlan Jackson Osama Malik
Ki-Je Lee Tarek Elrich
Mateo Poljak Isaias
Ben Kantarovski George Mells
Cameron Watson James Jeggo
David Carney Sergio Cirio
Milos Trifunovic Bruce Djite
Enver Alivodic Craig Goodwin

FIXTURE RECORDS

Biggest Win

Jets 4 (Kemp 12’og, Carle 22’, Zelic 68’, Carle 89’) – Adelaide 2 (Valkanis 38, Corbo 67’og) at Hindmarsh Stadium, Round 8, Season 2005/06, 14/10/2005.

Heaviest Defeat

Jets 0 – Adelaide 7 (Djite 2’, 54’, Carrusca 23’, 28’, Boogaard 35’, Cirio 70’, Isais 90+3’) at Hindmarsh Stadium, A-League Season 2014/15 Round 15, 24/01/2015.

Leading Scorers in fixture –

Jets – Joel Griffiths, Nick Carle, Mark Bridge, Matt Thompson (3)
United – Carl Veart, Marcelo Carrusca (4)

2015/16 SEASON STATISTICS

Number Name Appearances Starts Substitute Appearances Subbed off Minutes Played Goals Assists Yellow Cards Red – Second Bookable Straight Red
1 Mark Birighitti 9 9 0 1 799 0 0 1 0 0
2 Daniel Mullen 4 4 0 0 360 0 0 1 0 0
3 Jason Hoffman 10 10 0 0 900 0 0 4 0 0
4 Nigel Boogaard 6 6 0 1 519 0 0 0 1 0
5 Ben Kantarovski 9 8 1 1 717 2 0 4 0 0
6 Cameron Watson 9 7 2 5 600 0 0 2 0 0
7 Enver Alivodic 10 10 0 2 859 1 0 1 0 0
8 Mateo Poljak 10 10 0 0 900 0 1 1 0 0
9 Milos Trifunovic 9 9 0 2 807 4 0 3 0 0
10 Leonardo Vitor Santiago 7 7 0 6 527 0 1 0 0 0
11 Labinot Haliti 2 1 1 1 24 0 0 0 0 0
12 Andy Brennan 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
13 Ki-Je Lee 8 8 0 0 720 0 1 1 0 0
14 Mitch Cooper 4 1 3 1 63 0 0 0 0 0
15 Themba Muata-Marlow 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
17 Radovan Pavicevic 4 0 4 0 70 0 0 2 0 0
18 Josh Barresi 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
20 Ben Kennedy 2 1 1 0 101 0 0 0 0 0
22 Lachlan Jackson 7 7 0 2 590 0 0 0 0 0
23 David Carney 10 10 0 1 898 2 3 4 0 0
24 Nick Cowburn 5 0 5 0 100 0 0 0 0 0
25 Brandon Lundy 1 0 1 0 75 0 0 0 0 0
27 Braedyn Crowley 4 1 3 0 123 0 0 0 0 0
28 Ryan Kitto 4 1 3 1 135 0 1 0 0 0
29 Andrew Pawiak 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
40 Blake Tuxford 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

COACHING

Coaches Head to Head – 1 matches
Scott Miller – 0 wins, Guillermo Amor – 0 wins, 1 drawNewcastle Jets A-League Coaching Records –

  • Scott Miller – 1 matches (0 wins, 1 draw, 0 losses = 0% win ratio)
  • Phil Stubbins – 3 matches (1 win, 0 drawn, 2 losses = 33% win ratio)
  • Gary Van Egmond – 17 matches (5 wins, 7 drawn and 5 losses = 29% win ratio)
  • Richard Money – 3 matches (1 win, 0 drawn, 2 losses = 33% win ratio)
  • Branko Culina – 6 matches (2 wins, 2 drawn, 2 losses = 33% win ratio)
  • Nick Theodorakopoulos – 1 match (0 wins, 0 drawn, 1 loss = 0% win ratio)
  • Craig Deans – No Matches
  • Clayton Zane – 1 match (1 wins, 0 drawn, 0 losses = 0% win ratio)

Adelaide United Coach Record – Guillermo Amor 0% win ratio (0 wins, 1 draw, 0 losses)

KEY FACTS:

General

  • The Jets set a record last week, having now failed to score in the first half of the last 9 matches.
  • In the corresponding fixture last year (Rd 11 19/12/15), the Jets registered their first win of the campaign against Adelaide.
  • Newcastle have won at home twice in the last 12 months.
  • The Jets have defeated Adelaide in 5 of the last 6 home matches on a Friday night.
  • Both teams have met 16 times on a Friday night. The W-D-L record for the Jets is 7-3-6.

Players

  • Jason Hoffman joins David Carney and Ben Kantarovski to be only 1 yellow card away from an automatic suspension.
  • Ben Kantarovski last weekend because the player with the 3rd most A-League appearances for the Jets
  • Captain Nigel Boogaard received 3 bookings and was dismissed twice while playing for Adelaide.
  • Bruce Djite has scored 6 goals against the Jets, 3 of those were scored while playing for Adelaide.
  • Eugene Galekovic has 11 clean sheets in 26 appearances against the Jets.

Newcastle Jets

  • The Jets failed to have a shot during the last match against Adelaide.
  • The Jets have scored 1 goal more than at the same point last season.

Adelaide United

  • Adelaide have kept the Jets scoreless in the last 3 meetings.