Suspensions could spell disaster for Jets in chase for finals

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At the conclusion of Sunday afternoon’s match against Perth Glory, Newcastle Jets had two players suspended.

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For their upcoming clash against championship contenders Melbourne Victory, the Jets will be without captain Matt Jurman, key playmaker Angus Thurgate and defender Taylor Regan.

Both Jurman and Thurgate got themselves a yellow card in the match against Glory, taking their individual totals to five, leading to a mandatory one-match suspension.

Coming up against Victory, the Jets will need all their top players on the pitch, but as a result of suspension, will be without two of their best.

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Whilst Jurman’s yellow was seemingly straight forward, Thurgate’s card warranted a second look, with coach Arthur Papas appearing unimpressed in the post-match press conference.

“There’ll be two players out of the next game. Matt Jurman and Angus Thurgate will be suspended,” he said.

“We’ll have to review them, especially the one on [Angus]. I don’t understand how that’s a yellow card when in the same game you’ve got a player on the other team who commits a foul after their yellow card and isn’t punished when it’s Gus’ first foul and he gets a yellow.”

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Papas was visibly agitated during the game when Thurgate was carded, knowing he would be suspended, and said if there’s an opportunity to appeal it, they will.

“We’ll look at it and if there’s an opportunity to appeal it, we will,” he said.

Not only will Newcastle be without Jurman and Thurgate, Regan will also be absent from their upcoming clash with Victory due to injury. There is also a question mark around Olivier Boumal after he was absent from Sunday afternoon’s match against Glory.

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Newcastle are currently sitting in ninth place on the ladder with every game now a must-win. They’ll need to secure the three points in their upcoming match against Victory to remain in finals contention.

Feature Image Credit: Sproule Sports Focus 

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Grace Clegg
Grace Clegg
Covering the Newcastle Jets for the 2021/22 season. Studying a Bachelor of Communication (News Media and PR) at the University of Newcastle. Coffee addict.

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