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Adelaide United have scrambled to a 2-1 win over Newcastle Jets to end round nine of the A-League. Newcastle completely dominated the game; shooting at the goal a whopping thirty times throughout the game.
The thing that let Newcastle down was the lack of decision making and the just over complicating things inside the box.
There were multiple times where the attackers (Angus Thurgate in particular), just took one touch too many, allowing Adelaide to regroup and either put in a tackle or block the shot.
Newcastle Jets consistently struggled in the first half tracking the runs in behind, and they seemed to miss Nigel Boogaard, who reads the game well and is confident enough to step into the midfield line and intercept the pass, although of cause it’s easier said than done.
Adelaide’s first goal came when Toure was freed down the right channel. After making a mockery of Johnny Koutrumbous, he cut it back brilliantly to George Blackwood, who made no mistake with the finish.
It was an example of a type of run that Adelaide made very frequently throughout the game; arriving in the box late which makes them hard to track.
The second half started for Newcastle United with a bang; they scored just three minutes into the half courtesy of a powerful Matthew Millar header.
It was all Newcastle from there, as they pushed on for a goal.
However, it was Adelaide who next made an impact on the scoreline.
James Troisi picked up the ball after cheekily making a run behind Ugarkovic. He out-strengthed Kantarovski, before gliding past Lachlan Jackson to finish beautifully.
In the end, Newcastle probably deserved the win and should take plenty of positives from this game.
The arrival of Arroyo back from injury should improve their goal-scoring ability, while although Thurgate didn’t have a direct impact on the game, he looked very lively.
Adelaide United 2
Newcastle Jets 1
Adelaide United and Newcastle Jets will be closing round nine of the A-League this season. Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of the match, with the game kicking off at 6pm AEDT.
Adelaide United come into this game after suffering a 2-1 loss to Wellington Phoenix at home last Sunday night.
Although this game was surrounded by controversy due to VAR ruling a penalty after Louis Fenton appeared to go to ground too easily, most people thought that it was what they deserved.
Many pundits and even a few of the Adelaide United players were comparing themselves to their title-winning season in the 2015/16 campaign, and after the game, everyone said that losing was what they needed and that they were getting a bit too far ahead of themselves.
That being said, it may have been deserved to compare their team to the title-winning season; they have won every game apart from the one last week since losing 2-1 to Melbourne City late in October and had only lost to the top two teams until the game against Wellington.
Adelaide United will be looking to prove that their loss to Wellington Phoenix, but it won’t be easy, as their coming up against one of the most in-form teams in the competition at the moment.
Newcastle Jets have been unbeaten in their previous three games; drawing 1-1 against Perth Glory before startling Western United and Western Sydney Wanderers to 1-0 and 2-0 wins respectively.
Angus Thurgate has been their main man for the last two rounds; he scored the only goal in their game against Western United before being involved in both goals against Western Sydney Wanderers after coming off the bench.
He scored his team’s first with a great poachers effort before setting up the second with a stunning run in behind the Wanderers defence to make it a two on one against the goalkeeper.
He calmly squared it to Dimitri Petratos who had an open goal.
Thurgate will most likely start in this game, and it will be interesting to see what position Ernie Merrick will put him in.
Although Newcastle is riding high, I think that the class of the Adelaide squad will be too much for Newcastle. Adelaide to win 2-1.
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