Craig Deans says off field issues won’t affect his players

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Deans refuted any suggestion that Newcastle Jets’ off field issues would anyway affect his players motivations this season.

After a close loss in the F3 Derby and a question about player motivation being tested by off field issues, interim Newcastle Jets coach Deans stood firm.

“It’s not a conversation, these are professional athletes” said Deans.

“The only motivation we have each week is to play our football and win it. That’s what we came here to do today and it’s what we will do against Western Sydney next week”

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Deans was proud of his players performance, remarking the only difference between the teams was a defensive error that cost the Jets a goal. Alou Kuol scored the only goal in the game after a mix up in the Jets box.

“It’s not all doom and gloom, I thought we played some good football. We had enough of the ball in good areas to get something out of the game”

The Jets lost experienced defender Jason Hoffman to injury in the 8th minute after a strong clash with Oliver Bozanic. There were some calls for the VAR to take action, but they decided no further punishment was needed.

“I didn’t see it at first, but then I saw a replay and I asked the question as to if it was being looked at as I thought it was a pretty poor challenge. But the referee decided the challenge was ok and that’s the way the cookie crumbles.”

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Meanwhile Alen Stajcic heaped praise on his team after the Central Coast Mariners started their season off with a win and a rare clean sheet.

“I’m thought the whole team put in a unified effort. I’m really proud of the young kids who came in for their first performance in the Aleague or for the club and made a difference.”

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The Jets face their former coach Carl Robinson next Friday when the Western Sydney Wanderers travel up to Newcastle.

While the Mariners will travel to Campbelltown Sports Stadium on Sunday to take on the newcomers Macarthur FC.

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Ben Johnston
I grew up on the Central Coast and fell in love with football in 2005. Supporter of Mariners, Manchester United and Macclesfield Town.
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