Jets’ new signings prove invaluable in win over City

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David Carney’s departure was the last thing on anyone’s mind at Hunter Stadium on Sunday, with two goals from Milos Trifunovic and impressive performances from new signings Steven Ugarkovic and Morten Nordstrand stealing the spotlight in a 2-1 win over Melbourne City.

The Jets showed off a new look squad on Sunday night and while their season is probably not salvageable, the Jets are the best they’ve looked all season.

A 6-1 loss to Perth in their last home game had most sceptical of Newcastle’s abilities. Coach Scott Miller was not one of them.

“I didn’t have any doubt,” said Miller.

“I knew bringing Morten here and then stabilising the central midfield with Steven would add quality and I think what you’re seeing now is people stepping up as opposed to people relying on one person.

“Perth was madness and we let ourselves down technically and tactically.

“Today we had all facets, technical, tactical, physical, mental, we put all four corners together and we represented, more importantly, the fans of Newcastle with dignity.”

Nordstrand set up a brilliant goal for Trifunovic and looked at ease in the structure and set-up of the squad, using his pace and experience to take the game to another level.

“He’s been with the club two weeks training and he’s already finding himself in areas that we want him to be playing and playing within the structure,” said Miller.

Ugarkovic also made himself known to Newcastle fans with a quality performance, and while he was unable to get a goal, his potential is certainly being realised within the club.

“He’s a great addition to the club,” said Miller.

“To have a player of his pedigree at that age for 18 months as well is a sign that we’re slowly getting there in terms of a lot of approaches.

“Not just the football approach but the rebuilding from a recruitment perspective as well. “

Despite some questionable performances, Trifunovic stepped up his game to work with the new signings and improve his playing quality, with Miller maintaining that he’s been crucial to the performance of the club.

“I’m sure his work rate has improved, hence the reason he’s getting into right areas now.”

“It demonstrated that although he sometimes doesn’t demonstrate the energy that the fans want to see he’s actually been quite clinical in the last 3-4 weeks.

“Popping up with two today is a good reward for a striker that’s very humble in his approach to football and he’s taken a lot of criticism, including from me, and he’s kept focus on the job at hand which is good to see.”

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