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    Newcastle Jets v Melbourne Victory

    McDonald Jones Stadium, 23 November, 2017

    Newcastle Jets Full Time Melbourne Victory
    4 1
    25 SHOTS 2
    22 FOULS 7
    8 CORNERS 1
    4 OFFSIDES 3

    The Newcastle Jets return home, after their first loss of the season, to host a Melbourne Victory coming off their first win of the season. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage from 7:50pm (AEDT).

    They say a week is a long time in football. For Newcastle, it’s an eternity.

    A week ago, they were unbeaten and top of the league. Tonight, they come in on the back of their first loss, and missing the league’s leading goal scorer, Roy O’Donovan, as well as their first-choice goalkeeper, Jack Duncan.

    In the words of a famous newsreader: Boy, that escalated quickly.

    Funnily enough, Newcastle were somewhat unlucky against Sydney last week. Yes, the Sky Blues should have put the game away in the first half, but they didn’t, and if not for Duncan’s slippery hands in horrible conditions, we may well be talking about the still-undefeated Jets coming off a hard-fought draw against the reigning premiers and champions.

    As for O’Donovan, he is a huge, near irreplaceable loss, however the Jets showed last week that they still have firepower, and Dimi Petratos appears to be really enjoying the responsibility and limelight that comes with holding the wand in the middle of the park.

    Melbourne, on the other hand, will travel north with the wind in their sails and confidence in their hearts after a well-deserved victory against a struggling Perth kick-started their campaign.

    However, teams historically struggle to back up on another road trip after playing in Perth the week before, and the loss of Mitch Austin to a season-ending injury is a tragedy and extremely bad luck for the youngster. Offsetting this for Melbourne is having Besart Berisha back, as proven last week, while the return Kosta Barbarouses is another big plus.

    The Victory, including FFA Cup fixtures, are unbeaten in their last six against the Jets, but the latter have a horrid record against most teams these days, and this is very much a new team.

    Newcastle will have to show what they’re made of, and prove that the first seven rounds have not been a fluke. Any team can poach results unexpectedly, but the true quality sides perform when the expectation sits on their shoulders.

    This is a new Newcastle, and at home, they should be driven to get the chocolates.

    Newcastle 3-1.

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    5' GOAL - Kosta Barbarouses (Melbourne Victory)

    13' GOAL - Daniel Georgievski (Newcastle Jets)

    28' YELLOW CARD - Daniel Georgievski (Newcastle Jets)

    28' RED CARD - Mark Milligan (Melbourne Victory)

    29' YELLOW CARD - Matías Sánchez (Melbourne Victory)

    37' GOAL - Andrew Nabbout (Newcastle Jets)

    66' YELLOW CARD - Mario Shabow (Newcastle Jets)

    68' YELLOW CARD - James Troisi (Melbourne Victory)

    75' GOAL - Joseph Champness (Newcastle Jets)

    83' GOAL - Andrew Nabbout (Newcastle Jets)

    93' YELLOW CARD - Ivan Vujica (Newcastle Jets)

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    • 11:14pm
      Midfielder said | 11:14pm | ! Report

      Are victory in trouble

      • 11:53pm
        Fadida said | 11:53pm | ! Report

        I think so. They lack speed, and creativity.

        Their squad looks weak and unbalanced. Bizzarely they have no left back, but allowed Georgevski to leave! They have many defensive midfielders, but only one attacking midfielder, and he(Troisi) looks a busted flush. Surely Petratos will replace him in the new manager’s national squad?
        I still maintain that Berisha is on the decline, not held by the lack of creativity.
        Barbarousas, goal aside isn’t the player of previous seasons yet, and they have no backup in wide areas. Ingham is NPL quality at best.

    • Roar Guru

      Griffo said | 10:25pm | ! Report

      Just thinking on the way home how much the Jets pressed in numbers right to the end.

      Even down to 10 men, Victory’s defence and midfield were at times pedestrian tonight in comparison. This wasn’t due to the loss of a player, as Victory were more or less playing a 4-4-1 in defence with only an attacking player absent.

      Early I thought we were just hanging back but we soon snapped out of it otherwise Merrick would have given them a torrid time in the sheds.

      I think we are just passing well in midfield, and given some space helps that, and we are just not happy with a 2-1 lead as we may have been in the past. This team is not happy to not be scoring.

      Still a niggly game. I am amazed at the pre-game stat that Victory win the most fouls as they don’t hold back.

      Still the Jets with a few silly yellows tonight that I think they need to stamp out, and is going to cost use a player or two for a game a little later on.

      Newcastle should be happy with the way this season is progressing.

      Bring on Melbourne City.

      • 10:44pm
        Fadida said | 10:44pm | ! Report

        Very impressed that the Jets went for the jugular. Even before the send off I thought we were well on top..

        Victory? Poor recruiting, bunch of bad sports, built in their coach’s image. Oh, and fancy letting Georgevski go!

        Troisi, the more bald he gets the worse he plays. Petratos is now a far superiorr player

      • Roar Guru

        Griffo said | 11:08pm | ! Report

        Fadida if there is one thing that you could say of both players over time is that they needed to be consistent to go to the next level.

        Troisi had the perfect opportunity to put a stamp on the game but was outshone by Petratos. Petratos so far seems to be enjoying his time at the Jets. If he can avoid the temptation to fly off to the first overseas offer he is likely to get and gives a few years of good performance to this team, he could well find himself in the NT long before then, assuming the new coach is sympathetic 😉

        Hearing things tonight from the Victory bench I have to agree with you – Muscat wants his players ‘in there’, blows up and complains vehemently at every foul against him (and it is him – I think he always going to be that player that still is on the pitch riding every move, even when he’s on the bech), and when Georgievski kicked the ball out due to the obvious injury, Muscat was “Bes! Bes! Throw the ball in! Go on! Come on he’s faking it!’.

        Recruiting could be right. Williams is no longer in the frame for the NT, Troisi just isn’t consistent enough for long enough, and they are missing a good creative influence in midfield that has perhaps been a hallmark of Victory teams in the past.

        Still shouldn’t take away from Newcastle the win and how they are playing.

        Have an agressive, non-stop attack is one of the things the fans have been asking for many seasons.

        Jones in particular and even van Egmond at times wanted to sit on a 1-0 or 2-1 lead, even when an obvious break was there.

        Miller who?

        We are no longer drawing games we could have won, or finding it hard to get back into games when a goal down (although we still need to stop those early goals).

        We could go over the top and say we are like sharks smelling blood in the water – always looking for the next goal.

        Going for the jugular is right.

        • 11:59pm
          Fadida said | 11:59pm | ! Report

          Having just watched the replay (the first time ever), I was even more impressed by the closing down. Phenomenal. We looked electric, and Victory pedestrian. Great days!

          Depth remains the issue. Every time a key player goes down you hold your breath

          • 12:08am
            Kangajets said | 12:08am | ! Report

            Terrific all over the park tonight Newcastle. The injuries are a concern

    • Roar Guru

      Karlo Tychsen said | 10:11pm | ! Report

      Credit to Kevin Muscat. He’s been measured, self-reflective, and lucid in his presser.

      • 10:46pm
        Fadida said | 10:46pm | ! Report

        Shame his team behave like he played

    • Roar Guru

      Karlo Tychsen said | 9:58pm | ! Report

      Full Time Newcastle 4 Melbourne 1

      In a game that will be remembered for the stark opposing fortunes of two men, Dimi Petratos and Mark Milligan, Newcastle have shaken off their loss against Sydney FC, to not only return to winning ways, but reinforce their title credentials.

      Mark Milligan, in a challenge that this writer at the time felt did not warrant the red it received, will look at replays of his retaliation, with a single thought: what was I thinking?

      After Kosta Barbarouses lit up the Hunter with an opening, and early, strike for the ages, Melbourne offered little after that, as Newcastle not only drew level, but ran away with the contest.

      Georgievski levelled for the home team, against his former team, with his own contender for strike of the season, but once Petratos got warmed up, it was as if there was one star out there, and 21 other mortals.

      The undeniable turning point in the match, with the contest evenly poised at 1-all, was the sending off of Milligan. After Georgievski earned a yellow for a challenge on Milligan, the socceroo came up with his head charging, and he continued to the sheds after his moment of madness.

      It must be said, also, that Rhys Williams succumbing to injury and leaving early, would have hindered the away side also.

      From there though, after Nabbout gave the home town the lead, the outcome was never in doubt.

      Newcastle owned the second half, running rampant, and at will. It was Thomas, having made some spectacular saves in the first half, keeping the away side in the contest, as Valeri and his team was largely unseen in the game.

      Petratos was absolutely mesmerising, as he pulled every string he could touch, and just went where he pleased. At one point, his shot from a great, great distance, crushing the crossbar, would have been the A-League goal of the century, had it not been a few inches lower.

      With ball boys being a hot topic, it was a local ball boy who swiftly threw the ball to the home team for a quick throw in, that gave them further advantage up the field, and a cool-headed Champness finished the move.

      Nabbout grabbed his second, after more lead up play and stinging shot from that man, Petratos, was saved by Thomas, but could only deflect it to the feet of Nabbout, who grabbed two against his former team.

      Newcastle will go back to the top of the league for the moment, and having shaken off a hard loss away last week, will be feeling confident.

      The only down side were injuries to Hoffman and Georgievski, but with O’Donovan and Vargas (eventually) to also return, a fully fit Newcastle could be a very frightening proposition for the other nine A-League sides.

      For Melbourne, questions will demand answering from Milligan, but the positives will be the return of Barbarouses, and a return home next round.

    • Columnist

      Stuart Thomas said | 9:47pm | ! Report

      Wow…..not sure what to say. I tipped a draw……………………close?

    • Roar Guru

      Karlo Tychsen said | 9:46pm | ! Report

      93′ Newcastle 4 Melbourne 1

      Vujica with a yellow for a cynical shirt tug.

      Jets with a final attack you might think. Shabow is offside.

    • 9:45pm
      jamesb said | 9:45pm | ! Report

      Newcastle Jets are the real deal. Ernie Merrick has done a fantastic job so far.

    • Roar Guru

      Karlo Tychsen said | 9:45pm | ! Report

      92′ Newcastle 4 Melbourne 1

      Nice attack here for Melbourne. George whips it in, Vujica clears with conviction.

      Melbourne keep looking for a reward. Credit to them fighting.

    • 9:44pm
      Kangajets said | 9:44pm | ! Report

      Has Berisha had a touch of the ball tonigjt

    • Roar Guru

      Karlo Tychsen said | 9:43pm | ! Report

      91′ Newcastle 4 Melbourne 1

      And the crowd, sparse as it is, starts chanting: NEW-CAST-LE.

      Jets will go for five here, off another corner, and it’s a short one, and Petratos whips it in exquisitely. Jets were there, but couldn’t bury it.

      4 minutes of stoppage time. That will feel like an eternity for the away team.

    • Roar Guru

      Karlo Tychsen said | 9:42pm | ! Report

      89′ Newcastle 4 Melbourne 1

      Jets just toying with the away side in attack now.

      But Victory are able to draw a foul, and get rid of the ball. they’d be hoping for the first flight home you’d think. horrid night out in Newcastle for Melbourne.

      Muscat’s presser should be a good show.

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