Brisbane Roar have suffered their first defeat of the Hyundai A-League 2016/17 season against Newcastle Jets at McDonald Jones Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
A disappointing afternoon for saw the Roar concede four goals and create few chances in attack.
The senior squad will be looking to improve on today's performance heading into next weekend's away clash against Central Coast Mariners on Saturday, October 22.
Head Coach John Aloisi credited Newcastle Jets for the way they played but was unhappy with the Roar side as a whole.
"Obviously the result is not good, but I'm disappointed in our performance both with the ball and without the ball," he said.
"We were not good from start to finish making too many mistakes.
"That's not the level that we expect at the Brisbane Roar and there are no positives to take out of today's match."
An unfortunate own goal early in the first half followed by three second-half goals from Nigel Boogaard, Steven Ugarkovic and Devante Clut secured the win for the home side.
With the team 1-0 down Tommy Oar had the Roar’s best chance of the match (below), forcing a lunging save from Jets keeper Jack Duncan with a pile driving shot from outside the area that was destined for the top corner.
In a game where the Roar created very little, the left-sided winger battled hard making a number of long runs into the Jets' half and crossed dangerously into the opposition area on occasions.
Thomas Kristensen made a number of key interceptions and tackles for the Roar in midfield, while fellow off-season recruit Brett Holman crafted a couple of chances during the encounter. Roar's number ten felt Newcastle Jets deserved the three points.
“They were sharper I think, that’s the bottom line," Holman said.
“In the first half we conceded an unfortunate own goal, nothing you can do about that. Their keeper made a great save in the first half against Tommy Oar also.
“We lost our way in the second half, it’s early days and it’s difficult to put a finger on where it’s going wrong."
Young midfielder Nathan Konstandopoulos made his competitive Brisbane Roar debut when he was injected into the game in the second half for Jacob Pepper.
The Roar will quickly move on and prepare to face Central Coast Mariners next Saturday (October 22) at Central Coast Stadium.
The team will be looking to bounce back from today's sub-par performance, with Captain Matt McKay returning from suspension.
8’: Jack Hingert attempts to clear a low cross from Andrew Nabbout and unfortunately turns the ball into his own net. 0-1
62’: The Jets’ first corner of the game is over hit but Kantarovski loops the ball back into the area where Nigel Boogaard heads home. 0-2
71’: An attempted clearance from Thomas Kristensen falls to Ugarkovic who finishes into the bottom corner. 0-3
86’: Andrew Nabbout breaks in behind the Roar defence and passes across to Devante Clut who finishes from close range. 0-4
Scholarship recipient Nathan Konstandopoulos made his HyundaI A-League debut for Brisbane Roar. The first of many we hope!
The Roar travel to Central Coast Stadium in the second of consecutive away fixtures to face Central Coast Mariners on Saturday, 22 October (4:35pm KO QLD time) before returning home to Suncorp Stadium for back-to-back home fixtures against Perth Glory (Sunday, 30 October) and Melbourne City (Friday, 4 November).
Hyundai A-League Round 2, Newcastle Jets v Brisbane Roar, Sunday 16 October at McDonald Jones Stadium
Newcastle Jets 4 (Hingert o.g. 8’, Boogaard 62’, Ugarkovic 71’, Clut 86’)
Brisbane Roar 0
Newcastle Jets: 4.Nigel BOOGAARD (c), 5.Ben KANTAROVSKI (8.Mateo POLJAK 68’), 6.Steven UGARKOVIC, 7.Andrew HOOLE, 10.Wayne BROWN, 13.Ivan VUJICA, 15.Andrew NABBOUT (11.Labinot HALITI 89’), 16.Nick COWBURN, 19.Morten NORDSTRAND (23.Devante CLUT 46’), 20.Jack DUNCAN (gk), 22.Lachlan JACKSON
Unused substitutes : 14.Mitch COOPER, 30.Pierce CLARK (gk)
Yellow cards: Nil
Red cards: Nil
Brisbane Roar FC: 1.Michael THEO (gk), 3.Luke DEVERE (4.Daniel BOWLES 76’), 5.Corey BROWN, 7.Thomas KRISTENSEN, 8.Jacob PEPPER (16.Nathan KONSTANDOPOULOS 73’), 9.Jamie MACLAREN, 10.Brett HOLMAN, 11.Tommy OAR 61, 13.Jade NORTH, 19.Jack HINGERT, 28.Brandon BORRELLO (22.Thomas BROICH 60’)
Unused substitutes: 21.Jamie YOUNG (gk), 26.Nicholas D’AGOSTINO
Yellow cards : Nil
Red cards : Nil
Referee: Peter Green; Assistant Referee 1: Lance Greenshields; Assistant Referee 2: Kearney Robinson; Fourth Official: Kurt Ams