Papas praises patience as Jets trust the process in faultless victory over Brisbane Roar

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Newcastle Jets finally find the performance they’ve been after in an exhilarating display against an ineffectual Brisbane Roar side.

Fans who sat through the first 45 minutes of the Friday night match at McDonald Jones Stadium wouldn’t have had their loyalty questioned if they had left at halftime.

Had they gone home however, they would have missed out on the Jets’ performance of the season so far. The second half showing was clinical and efficient, a polar opposite of what they managed in the first.

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Scoring four goals against a side known for their defensive aptitude would be a surprise to most, but Jet’s coach Arthur Papas believes a showing like this has been on the cards long before today.

“The last three weeks there’s been a shift in the willingness of the group to accept the challenge that’s in front of us.

“The only difference today is that you take your chances, and you end up with a scoreline like that.”

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The narrative of a team’s season can change with one result, and it seems as though this display will do just that for Papas’ side.

The Newcastle coach didn’t make any major tactical or personnel changes heading into this fixture, trusting his squad to start gelling together and put together a performance that matched the potential Papas sees in them.

“I believe in this group; I believe in the players. I just think that they’ve got something special between them.

“There’s a lot of belief in that change room, and the way they go about it, that’s the most important part.”

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Newcastle will be happy to pickup three points at a crucial time in the season. With this result they remain in the hunt for a finals place, whereas a loss could’ve put an insurmountable gap between them and a chance at their first finals berth since the 2017-18 season.

One player that give the team a much-needed boost heading into the back half of the season is new arrival Manabu Saito. The six-time Japanese international joins from Korean side Suwon Bluewings and can be deployed on either flank.

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He will be a refreshing addition to Newcastle’s attack, who in the weeks leading up to this recent victory, have looked like they’ve been out of ideas in most games.

“He’ll get in tomorrow which is good news for us.” Papas said.

“He’ll join the group and he’ll be available. We’ll try and get him integrated into the group as soon as possible.”

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He joins just in time for an important run of games, facing Perth Glory next who have turned Macedonia Park into somewhat of a fortress.

 

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Will Booth
Will Boothhttp://willbooth.au
Business and Sport Management student at WSU. Interest in Data analysis. Covering the Newcastle Jets ALM and ALW teams for the 2022/23 season.

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