Huge loss hits Newcastle Jets hard

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A 10-man Newcastle Jets suffered their worst defeat of the season in a 6-1 loss to Perth Glory on Sunday. The confusion and lack of organisation shone through as the Jets struggled for success.

A promising start had the home side in the lead after 15 minutes however their early exuberance didn’t last long and their hope of back-to-back victories faded quickly.

“I thought we started very well and it’s a reality check today and it’s a continuous one but we go again,” said Miller.

“We gave ourself a good foundation to perform today and scoring first was a positive and the forward runs and the penetration was there.

“We seemed to back off a bit in terms of intensity and let them take the rhythm of the game, so that’s the downside of stepping off and showing the opposition a bit too much respect once we had scored.”

Captain Nigel Boogaard was sent off in the 45th minute, leaving the Jets without their defensive powerhouse and without structure. The three man defensive line made several crucial errors and fell too far behind before correcting their formation to tighten their defence.

Despite the huge impact the loss of Boogaard had on the game there was no criticism from coach Scott Miller, who praised his efforts and commitment as a player.

“What a skipper he is, what a leader he is,” said Miller.

“It’s an attribute of a central defender who’s committed to the club’s future and there will be no blame at his feet whatsoever.”

After an impressive start to the season, Newcastle’s performance has been inconsistent and disappointing, leaving those watching questioning whether they’ll improve in the final leg of the season.

A frustrated mix of fans, spectators, players and coaches are unsure of the squad’s mentality. The Jets have shown they have the potential to win yet continue to fall, lacking passion and drive.

Despite being disappointed by their performance Miller maintains that they will go about their week as usual in an effort to reignite their fire against Adelaide next round.

“The focus is continuous and you focus on your work and you choose the personnel that you think can execute the game plan and they were for the first 15-20 minutes.”

“The focus throughout the week is recovering physically, mentally showing them how the game broke down and educating them on how we manage a situation like that and then you prepare for your next fixture, which is Adelaide.

“That’s a cycle of being a professional coach or a professional footballer.

“It’s about recovering, focusing on the next opposition and implementing that game plan, so that wont change.”

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