Jets take points in tight contest

A first-half strike from Jason Hoffman was enough for Newcastle Jets to take the three points despite a spirited and dominant second-half from Brisbane Roar.

Hoffman combined with Andrew Nabbout with just over 10 minutes on the clock to open the scoring with a strike that proved to be crucial to the outcome of the Round 16 clash at McDonald Jones Stadium.

Both sides carved regular chances with the Roar constantly working their way into the area from the flanks with no luck.

Brisbane took control of the match in the middle stages of the second-half and were desperately unlucky not to find an equaliser, with numerous goal-bound efforts unable to find the back-of-the-net with goalkeeper Glen Moss proving tough to beat.

The hosts managed to withstand the onslaught and saw out the clash in which Brisbane's man with the gloves Jamie Young was named as Player of the Match following a string of impressive saves at the other end of the park.

The shot-stopper says it's important that the squad continue to back one another and believe in each other.

"When the returning players get more minutes in their legs, we will be a very tough team to beat. I believe in this team and I'll back them to the hills," Young said.

"We have to keep working hard and remain positive. There's no point pointing fingers, we have to pull together as a team and that cohesion is important.

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"The great thing about the Roar is that we've always had a great team culture. We all believe in this club and will always give our best when we represent Brisbane."

Danish midfielder Thomas Kristensen, who was strong in midfield across the 90 minutes, believes it was simply an evenly-matched contest that just didn't fall the Roar's way.

"It was an even game, but sometimes things just don't go your way. We need to keep working and create a few more chances in attack," Kristensen said.

"We're taking it one game at a time and we still hold ambitions of finishing in the top six - the belief is definitely there."

The Roar now return to Suncorp Stadium next Thursday night to face Perth Glory - Grab your tickets HERE!

STORY OF THE GAME

  • 18-year-old attacker Daniel Leck was rewarded with a second consecutive Hyundai A-League start while Ivan Franjic also played his first minutes of 2018, coming off the bench in the second-half. Shannon Brady replaced Eric Bautheac with 20 minutes to play for his first appearance of the season.
  • Goalkeeper Jamie Young was again courageous between the sticks, keeping out a number of goal-bound strikes from the Jets.
  • The Roar carved a number of chances, but none better so than from the head of Ivan Franjic who forced Glen Moss into a save out of the top drawer.
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GOALS

Newcastle Jets - Hoffman 11' - 1-0
Andrew Nabbout receives the ball on the edge of the area before laying off to the oncoming Jason Hoffman who finishes calmly.

MATCH DETAILS

Hyundai A-League Round 16 - Newcastle Jets v Brisbane Roar
McDonald Jones Stadium
Friday, 12 January

Newcastle Jets 1 (Hoffman 11')

Brisbane Roar 0

Half-time: 1-0