Roar still winless after falling to Jets

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Over 8,000 football fans watched on as the Newcastle Jets took the match from a complacent Brisbane Roar, winning 4-0 on Sunday afternoon at McDonald Jones Stadium.

Roar coach John Aloisi had little to say in defence of his team’s 4-0 loss in the post match press conference, but expressed his feelings towards the result quite clearly.

“There was nothing positive out of today, nothing positive at all. That’s been the worst that I’ve seen the team play.“

The loss means Brisbane remain winless so far this season, despite previously holding a six match winning streak over the Jets before Sunday’s match.

The only explanation for a complacent Brisbane side is the opposite way the two teams reacted to their first round draws. Aloisi also expressed his disappointment with what appeared to be a complacent effort from his squad.

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“We were not good from start to finish, we made mistakes, we switched off from the start and we got caught on the counter. It was our own doing, Newcastle were good, you have to give them that, but that’s not the level we expect of Brisbane Roar.”

The Newcastle Jets on the other hand seemed to have learnt from their Round 1 match where they lead their game against Adelaide United at home before a mistake in the box caused an equalizer, with either team unable to find a second goal and the Jets going on to draw 1-1 with last year’s Hyundai A-League winners.

That was the difference this week, as the Jets, under the supervision of new coach Mark Jones, did not make any silly mistakes that could have cost them and instead went on the counter attack to recreate goal after goal.

Post-match Jones was full of praise for his team, with the win seeing the Jets move up to third on the spot on the ladder. “You can’t not be happy after that, it was magnificent,” he said.

Much can be said about Andrew Nabbout’s offensive play, continually applying pressure to Roar’s defence to score time and again, with the young star winning Man of the Match honours for the second straight week and playing a signature role in the Jets’ win.

Newcastle had two new faces in the back line and still managed to come away with a clear sheet. “They [defenders] all did a job and I’m very proud of Lachlan Jackson and Ivan Vujica as well with two out of the four in the back line replaced and we kept a clean sheet. I thought we limited their chances as well,” added Jones.

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The Newcastle Jets now sit third on the ladder with four points after last night’s match and have a contest against Western Sydney Wanderers at Spotless Stadium to come next weekend.

Meanwhile Brisbane Roar slump down to ninth place with just one point from their opening two matches and will be looking to reignite their season with an away trip to Central Coast Mariners on Saturday night.

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A player turned Journalist that's still holding onto the dream by writing about the Newcastle Jets this season!

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