Brockie brace helps Wellington beat Jets

Angela Habashy Roar Guru

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    Newcastle coach Gary van Egmond has promised sweeping changes to his team after describing Sunday’s 3-0 A-League loss at home to Wellington as their worst performance of the season.

    Jeremy Brockie, the Jets’ top scorer last season, secured the win for Wellington at Hunter Stadium, bagging a brace against his former team before Paul Ifill rounded out the victory with a penalty in the dying minutes.

    It was Wellington’s sixth straight win over Newcastle and lifted them off the bottom of the ladder.

    The Jets, who remain in the top three despite the loss, have not managed to beat the Phoenix in almost two years with a 1-0 win in November, 2010 their most recent victory in the fixture.

    But with the Phoenix coming off three straight losses, van Egmond admitted he was blindsided by the performance.

    “No (I didn’t see that coming). Not like that,” he said.

    “I still haven’t been rapt with our performance.

    “They didn’t play with courage, they played with fear.

    “Our positioning in the midfield, our defence, all the different moments in transitions from when we have the ball to when we lose it. It’s not the best, shall we say.

    “We’ve been going through this with some of the players who’ve been here last year, for a good 15-16 months, so if they’re not going to get it then we just have to change.”

    The coach said he would “100 per cent” be making changes for the Jets’ next game, away to Melbourne Heart on Saturday.

    “I think the philosophy has always been the same … I’m just not happy with the way it’s being implemented so we need to change,” he said.

    Former England international Emile Heskey had a few chances for the Jets but couldn’t capitalise.

    Brockie, who van Egmond admitted was too expensive to keep at the Jets, ran riot on his old stomping ground with a goal just before the break and another about 10 minutes from time.

    Ifill put the final nail in the coffin in the 87th minute when Wellington were awarded a penalty after Josh Mitchell brought Benjamin Totori down in the box, with the Barbados international making no mistake from the spot.

    “Jeepers, predict the results in this league and you’re a genius,” Phoenix coach Ricki Herbert said.

    “But the best side won tonight.”

    Jets ‘keeper Mark Birighitti, who ended up the casualty of an horrific collision when Brockie’s knee connected with the gloveman’s face, was sent straight to hospital with a fractured cheekbone which could sideline him for up to eight weeks.

    The Jets, who have Matthew Nash on an injury waiver after they also lost their first ‘keeper Ben Kennedy to a knee injury last month, may be forced to find a new gloveman.

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    • November 19th 2012 @ 9:15am
      Rex said | November 19th 2012 @ 9:15am | ! Report

      So, can anyone explain to a Nix supporter how Mitchell was shown a yellow rather than a red for bringing down Totori? Pretty sure Mitchell was the last man. Looked a slam dunk red card to me and that would mean a one week ban, would it not? Or is that particular rule only applied to Kiwi teams?

      Having read some “dancing on the head of a pin” justification here when Sigmund was red carded just a couple of weeks ago it gets hard to stomach this sort of inconsistancy.

      I will give the A-League credit for not being as blatantly bias against the Nix as the NRL is against the Warriors but the bias is still there for all to see. Show Sigmund’s foul and Mitchell’s foul to 100 unbiased football supporters and ask them which one got the red card. I bet none of them get it right.

      Still, basketball has shown what happens when a Kiwi team enters an Aussie competition and is given a fair go. It appears rugby league and football are afraid of Breaker-like performances in their codes.

      • November 19th 2012 @ 9:36am
        Punter said | November 19th 2012 @ 9:36am | ! Report

        Pretty obvious that the ref got it completely wrong. Fortunately for ref Nix were 2 nil up (about to go 3) with 3 minutes left. If this decision actually hinged on the result the ref would’ve been crucified. I would say in the refs review, he would have alot to answer for.
        Shameful decision, Mitchell should have been sent off.

    • November 19th 2012 @ 9:25am
      Tony said | November 19th 2012 @ 9:25am | ! Report

      A disgraceful decision not to send off Mitchell… if any Jets fans out there can tell me why he was allowed to stay on then I’m all ears.

      What a crook!

    • November 19th 2012 @ 5:32pm
      Ballymore said | November 19th 2012 @ 5:32pm | ! Report

      For mine, since the start of 2011/2012, J Brockie is HAL’s most improved player. Has produced some divine moments in the last 13-14 months. Credit must go to GVE and the Jets.

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