Craig Deans apologises for Jets poor performance

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Newcastle Jets’ coach Craig Deans apologised to fans who battled the wet weather conditions to support the home side after their scrappy performance against Adelaide United left them four goals down at half time.

Deans struggled to find any positives from their first 45, dubbing the side ‘their own worst enemy’ especially after trailing two goals behind in the opening eleven minutes.

“I need to apologise from myself and the players on the first half performance, for the people who came out tonight in this weather that we had and to dish that up. Unacceptable,” said Deans.

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Adelaide outclassed Newcastle’s defence at every turn and maintained 60 per cent of possession throughout the entire game. 

Kusini Yengi opened the assault by capitalising on the poor first touch of skipper Nigel Boogaard in the opening five. 

By the eleventh, Red’s captain Stefan Mauk bested the backline with sprint into the box, receiving Craig Goodwin’s cross and putting the ball to rest. 

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Ben Halloran made the scorecard by the 40th and Goodwin hammered the nail in the coffin for Newcastle with a successful penalty in the 43rd. 

Deans admitted this would not be a ‘pretty game of football’ and was left disappointed with how poorly they conducted themselves.

“We were’t prepared to do the handwork in the first half. We were not prepared to do the dirty work in the weather like that either,” he said. 

Apostolos Stamatelopoulos managed to scrape one goal in the second half for the Jets. Nonetheless, it could not repair their earlier damages.

“They’re professional players. They know the requirements are and the work rate and the disciplines. We are not disciplined. Often enough we take way too many risks at inappropriate times,” said Deans. 

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History has repeated itself for the red-and-blue’s, with this being their second four-game losing streak this season. 

With the table soon to be stretching out, furthering gaps between first and last place, Deans knows the boys need to pick up on their attitude.

“We’re in a situation now where every time we don’t get three points, we make it more difficult fo ourselves. 

There is no time left to talk. We need to be a little bit more humble with our football and not so overly confident and arrogant,” he said. 

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Jemma Pepper
Covering the Newcastle Jets for the 2020/21 season. Bachelor of Communications (Journalism) and Bachelor of Arts in International Studies (Germany) at the University of Technology Sydney. Seven days without playing football can make one weak!

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