Stajcic: Newcastle deserved to win

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Central Coast Mariners coach Alen Stajcic says the Newcastle Jets deserved to win the F3 derby in Gosford.

The bottom of the table Jets were simply too good for the Mariners and claimed an impressive 2-0 victory over their rivals.

Stajcic did not want to blame a congested fixture list for his players’ performances, but it was evident they were not as fresh as the Jets; who enjoyed a week of rest leading up to the game.

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Newcastle executed their game plan perfectly in the first half, with both goals coming from impressive counter attacking moves.

“Newcastle got us a few times on the counter, they worked hard to get the win and they thoroughly deserve it,” – Stajcic.

Stajcic admitted his team were flat and not on their game, and Newcastle were the more impressive team.

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“The A-League is so close and so tight, that you only have to be a little bit off and anyone can beat you and Newcastle were there to reap the rewards tonight,” -Stajcic.

The Mariners were missing key players Ruon Tongyik, to Socceroos duty, and Danny DeSilva, due to injury, who could have made a difference, but Stajcic was full of praise for youngster Dan Hall who filled in at the heart of defence.

“I think Dan had an excellent game, he came in and did really well, got to give him a lot of credit,” -Stajcic SAID.

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The Mariners will not have time to reflect too long on the loss as they face Western United on Saturday. The Mariners only require a single point from the game to guarantee a finals appearance.

While Western United appear to be ending their season on a whimper, Stajcic highlighted the danger that players like Alessandro Diamanti could pose to his team.

“We have played Western twice this year and two very close games so we know how tough it is going to be,” He Said.

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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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