Newcastle Jets vs Western Sydney Wanderers: A-League live scores, blog

Round 12, 2017
Friday December 22nd, 7:50pm AEDT
McDonald Jones Stadium, Newcastle, New South Wales

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    The Newcastle Jets enjoy the second of their back-to-back home games for this 12th round fixture, after a last gasp win last week, and will host Western Sydney Wanderers, who managed to shake off a disastrous derby loss with a solid win on the Central Coast.

    It’s Friday night football, so join The Roar for live scores and coverage from 7:50pm (AEDT).

    So what do you make of a home side that took three points last week, but didn’t deserve to win? There’s two ways you could look at it.

    Sydney FC have been nigh on unbeatable at times over the last one and a half seasons, but their true quality has been the ability to jag three points even when they have looked beatable.

    So, from a positive point of view, the Jets have shown they can win when they shouldn’t.

    But equally, they were very, very lucky last weekend. Adelaide United were rightly aggrieved, and the stats all favoured the away team, bar the scoreline.

    So you could say that the win flattered the hosts, and they could see some chickens coming home to roost tonight.

    Then there’s the curious case of Western Sydney Wanderers, an A-League team truly lacking in identity. Are they as bad as their 5-nil loss to Sydney suggested (no, they’re not), or are they as good as an away 2-nil win suggests (again, no, they’re probably not).

    Of all the games this round, notwithstanding Perth’s amazing late win last night, the McDonald Jones Stadium fixture is the hardest to pick, because you can’t really say that form counts for much.

    And that all disregards the history. Remember, Newcastle historically struggle against the Wanderers, having failed to win in their last six encounters.

    But I return to my previous point: this is not the same Wanderers team anymore, and as Newcastle’s lofty table position suggests, this is not the same Jets team anymore either.

    So tonight is a game shrouded in mystery. It promises to be a cracker.

    Player to watch is Dimi Petratos. He was quiet last week, and while he scored the winning penalty, he will be looking to step up and take charge of this game.

    Prediction
    A wise man once said to me that when in doubt, go with the home team.

    So, I will tip the Jets to repeat at the very least their performance last week, and follow on from a confidence boosting win to kick start a better performance.

    The Wanderers are still an unknown, so until they can show a bit of consistency, it’s hard to tip them.

    Newcastle 2-0.

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    Final Scores

    Newcastle Jets

    4

    Match Complete

    Western Sydney Wanderers FC

    0

    S. Ugarkovic84'
    B. Kantarovski75'
    B. Kantarovski68'
    J. Hoffman60'
    J. Koutroumbis19'
    J. Koutroumbis11'

    21
    Shots
    7
    9
    On Target
    2
    17
    Fouls
    11
    5
    Corners
    4
    7
    Offsides
    6
    0
    Red Cards
    0
    2
    Yellow Cards
    0

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    • Roar Guru

      10:21pm
      Cousin Claudio said | 10:21pm | ! Report

      Merrick has got this team going well and they are real contenders for the Golden Toilet Seat, which is a one off game.

      Interesting stat Wanderers 55% possession and most completed passes.
      You wouldn’t think so the way Jets dominated, especially the second half, they would have taken any team apart.

      Worrying for the Wanderers, Popovic must be regretting leaving now. Will he get his job back?

      • Roar Guru

        10:48pm
        Griffo said | 10:48pm | ! Report

        It’s more about the territory (Jets 58% in WSW half) and the shot count (19-8 to Jets, so Foxsports say).

        Merrick from the moment he stepped into the position wanted the team up in the opponents box quickly, with multiple players in position, making combinations and having multiple shooting options.

        Goals win matches.

        And Merrick wanted the ball back as quickly as possible, as high up near the opponents box as possible.

        It’s working so far, with players injured and others out of position.

        There is a lot of defence minded teams and games this season at times.

        As with what Ange did with the Roar, will the Jets, of successful, get other teams to play a more aggressive, attack minded game?

        The fans are enjoying it, and it is a breath of fresh air.

        • 11:04pm
          Fadida said | 11:04pm | ! Report

          It’s noticeable how quickly they look to win the ball and play forward

    • Roar Rookie

      10:14pm
      Grobbelaar said | 10:14pm | ! Report

      Attendance: 9,862
      good crowd for this time of year

    • 9:53pm
      Kangajets said | 9:53pm | ! Report

      Never tear us apart

      • Roar Rookie

        9:55pm
        Stevo said | 9:55pm | ! Report

        Shabooh Shabow 🙂

      • 10:00pm
        Fadida said | 10:00pm | ! Report

        Great performance. Could have been 8

        • Roar Guru

          10:03pm
          Karlo Tychsen said | 10:03pm | ! Report

          Should have been 8 Fadida. Should have.

          • 10:05pm
            Fadida said | 10:05pm | ! Report

            Agree Karlo. Nabbout missed out on a hat trick tonight. Great atmosphere too

            • 8:42am
              TK said | 8:42am | ! Report

              Which I’m gutted about as I have him as one of my fantasy league strikers !

      • Columnist

        10:03pm
        Stuart Thomas said | 10:03pm | ! Report

        Now we can all switch over to the Big Bash for some real entertainment……………………..ha.

    • Roar Guru

      9:53pm
      Karlo Tychsen said | 9:53pm | ! Report

      Full Time
      The Newcastle Jets have scored an historic win over Western Sydney with their first win over the opposition in Newcastle, with season 2017/18 coming alive tonight, as the second placed team said to Sydney: not so fast.

      In what some commentators called the best half of football seen this season, Newcastle turned on the style in a half that would have left the Wanderers with their eyes spinning.

      When their eyes stopped rolling, they would have been relieved to have only been 1-nil down.

      Koutroumbis opened the scoring for the home side, as Petratos put on a masterclass of movement, passing, attacking, and control.

      Wanderers were bystanders at times, in a game that the home team dominated in every respect, little changing in the second half.

      Gombau brought on Riera and Rustica for some zip to start the second half, but to no avail, as Petratos simply lifted the intensity, and connected with all around him.

      The Jets could have been further ahead had they not wasted chances, and would have been relieved when Hoffman, who has received his own fair share of criticism in the past, slotted a finish that most strikers would struggle to remain calm with.

      From there, the Jets would not be stopped, and further goals to Kantarovski, himself enjoying a purple patch of a season, and Ugarkovic, who struck with aplomb, gave the home team the result that their play, and adoring home crowd, craved.

      In a footnote to the game, Bay 1 was jam-packed with active home supporters, as the separate groups of the NCL, The Squadron, and Champness Chaps made a truce for the night, and joined forces to create an atmosphere that, in this league, was second to none.

      Ernie Merrick will enjoy the rest of the round with a sense of pride, for tonight, his team delivered in almost every aspect. With further players to come and join the Novocastrian revolution, the horizon looks bright for Newcastle.

      As for Western Sydney, it is indeed tough times, last week’s win a distant memory. Gombau will be scratching his head, and concerned by comments after the game from captain Bridge, who is convinced that not all players are on the same page as the coach.

      Newcastle Jets: 4
      Western Sydney: 0

      • 9:54pm
        Kangajets said | 9:54pm | ! Report

        Great summary karlo

        • Roar Guru

          9:59pm
          Karlo Tychsen said | 9:59pm | ! Report

          My pleasure Kanga.

          My absolute pleasure. I try not to appear biased, but tonight, who cares. Go Newcastle!

        • Columnist

          10:02pm
          Stuart Thomas said | 10:02pm | ! Report

          How much did you win?

          • 10:05pm
            Kangajets said | 10:05pm | ! Report

            Few hundred . Only a small punter Stuart

            Just so happy for the club

            The jets are a real force in this terrific A league competition

      • Columnist

        10:02pm
        Stuart Thomas said | 10:02pm | ! Report

        Hey, hey, hey Karlo, easy on there with the ‘we are coming after you Sydney’, I thought we were mates. I love seeing the Wanderers lose but Arnie and I have an arrangement for another title.

        Great blog my friend and congrats to a developing and potentially great team. The smurfs and I are starting to get a little scared.

        • Roar Guru

          10:04pm
          Karlo Tychsen said | 10:04pm | ! Report

          I was very careful Stuart. I said “they” are coming, after I was pointedly told now to say “we.”

          but stuff it: we ARE coming for you! Lolz

          Can’t say the Jets will win anything, but at least there is a team to compete with the sky blues.

          • 10:07pm
            Fadida said | 10:07pm | ! Report

            It’s the bl00dy glorious football!!

          • Columnist

            10:17pm
            Stuart Thomas said | 10:17pm | ! Report

            And this is what football and the A-League is all about. Not really that concerned that people didn’t turn up in Brisbane to watch a dysfunctional team last night, more interested in watching great football and we saw that tonight. I don’t even care what the crowd figure was, the Jets were outstanding and the crowd will come back.

            • 10:36pm
              Kangajets said | 10:36pm | ! Report

              It was beautiful Stuart

              A masterpiece of football, could have been 7 or 8 nil

          • Columnist

            10:18pm
            Stuart Thomas said | 10:18pm | ! Report

            If the Jets and Smurfs play the GF, can we do a duel blog?

    • Roar Guru

      9:44pm
      Karlo Tychsen said | 9:44pm | ! Report

      93‘ – CHANCE

      Nabbout, from Clut, sends it across the face, Llorente concedes the corner.

      Last corner or play for the game here I reckon.

      Newcastle Jets: 4
      Western Sydney: 0

    • Roar Guru

      9:44pm
      Karlo Tychsen said | 9:44pm | ! Report

      91‘ – 2 minutes of stoppage time.

      I’m out of breath.

      Newcastle Jets: 4
      Western Sydney: 0

    • Roar Guru

      9:43pm
      Griffo said | 9:43pm | ! Report

      Go for the jugular I say!