Full strength squad the answer for Newcastle

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Newcastle Jets fought tooth and nail against Adelaide United in the dying minutes at McDonald Jones Stadium on Friday night to score the winner, taking all three points with a 2-1 win.

A healthy squad, with the return of five starting players, saw Newcastle take the lead early on. Silencing the critics that claimed their poor starts were becoming habit, but those same voices were heard again when a set piece from Adelaide allowed the visiting team to equalise in the 68th.

Jets coach Mark Jones expressed his disbelief at the critics over the past few weeks, insisting most squads would struggle if they lost five members of their starting squad.

“Now we’ve got everyone back, we’ve got better possession of the ball, better composure and that’s why you have experienced players in your side.

“I was a little disappointed with some of the comments when we had five players out and were were copping flack.”

As the Jets continue to regather themselves for the rest of the 2016/17 season, Adelaide were left wondering if they too could make a similar comeback to their efforts of last season.

Adelaide United coach Gui Amor responded to his team’s prospects of finals football and his confidence in the squad.

“It’s a more difficult situation but I think in this moment, in this situation we have to prepare well for next round and win the three points.

“We can’t think now in finals or in championships; we don’t have time for that, we have to think today and tomorrow. Although I’m positive because the group is very good, we play well, we lose it’s true but we just have to win.”

Adelaide sit at the foot of the A-League ladder whilst the Jets sit in sixth with 12 points.

Both sides’ next matches take place on Boxing Day, as Newcastle Jets face off against Wellington Phoenix at home and Adelaide United host top of the table Sydney FC.

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

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