Roar fall at home

A reshuffled Brisbane Roar have missed the opportunity to push into the top six after losing 2-0 to the Newcastle Jets at Suncorp Stadium.

A reshuffled Brisbane Roar have missed the opportunity to push into the top six after losing 2-0 to the Newcastle Jets at Suncorp Stadium.

Brisbane were forced into a late change, when Josh McCloughan failed a fitness test prior to kick-off handing a full debut to Belgian import Pieter Collen.

There was plenty of caution in the early stages of the contest and it was 10 minutes in before the fans were rewarded with the first shot of the game, Sergio van Dijk trying his luck from 35 metres with a free kick.

However, the Dutch striker blasted the shot straight at Newcastle goalkeeper Ben Kennedy and the Jets custodian makes a regulation save.

Three minutes later and Michael Zullo released Matt Mundy to cross from the left hand touchline.

The centre fell kindly for Isaka Cernak, but the midfielder-s shot ricocheted off van Dijk and ballooned over the bar.

Working the ball nicely from side to side, the Roar just found it difficult to unlock the Jets defence with the final killer pass.

However, the Roars determination was showing signs of fruition with the combination of Zullo and van Dijk placing the ball at the feet of Reinaldo.

With his back to goal, the Brazilian created room for himself, quickly swivelled and blasted the ball just wide of Kennedy-s goal.

With 30 minutes on the clock the Jets fired their opening salvo, Jin-Hyung Song cutting in from the left and shooting low and wide of Matthew Ham-s post.

Zullo was the next to try his luck, picking the ball up in the middle of the ground, moving forward and unleashing from long range.

But the young winger screwed his shot and the ball rolled harmlessly wide of the Jets goal.

With only two minutes left in the half, the visitors nearly took the lead when the Jets wide men - Matt Thompson and Song - provided Bridges with a shot on goal.

But with the goal at his mercy, the Englishman, under pressure from Roar new boy Pieter Collen, skied the shot and the Roar defence breathed a sigh of relief.

The Roar started the second half with attacking intent, substitute Tommy Oar-s cross causing problems for the visitors- defence.

Five minutes later however and the home side were chasing the game, Thompson striking a dagger into the Roar-s top six ambitions with a well taken finish.

Picking the ball up in the center of the field, Bridges played a sublime back-heel to Thompson and the Jets skipper held off Collen to shoot past Ham.

Brazilian striker Reinaldo nearly struck the equaliser seconds later, muscling out Angelo Costanzo and rounding Kennedy, but off-balance and falling backwards, Reinaldo could only scoop the ball over the top of the bar.

And Reinaldo-s miss was mourned even greater by the home faithful when the Jets doubled their lead from the penalty spot.

Dueling with Bridges in the penalty area, Mundy was adjudged to have handled the ball, sending Bridges to the spot.

The former Leeds United striker made no mistake from the spot, blasting the ball past Ham and sending the Jets two goals clear.

Roar coach Ange Postecoglou pushed bodies forward and Matt McKay nearly took advantage, an Ivan Franjic cross bouncing of the skipper-s chest into Kennedy-s grateful arms.

The Roar continued their attack but the ball maintained its evasion of the Jets goal, McKay getting his shot wrong from the edge of the penalty box.

With eight minutes left on the clock, Reinaldo had a glorious chance to add his name to the scoresheet, but Kennedy made a fine fingertip save from the Brazilian-s powerful header.

Luke DeVere had the final chance of the night, but his header from an Adam Sarota free kick sailed over the bar.

Postecoglou said he couldn-t fault his players commitment but acknowledged the squad was lacked the confidence to secure the result.

“We thought it was a pretty good first half, we were solid, they didn-t really threaten us at all,” he said.

“But then we got caught with the ball and unfortunately that's the rut we-re going through at the moment.

“We-re lacking a lot of confidence and soon as the goal went in we dropped our level.

“It was a disappointing day and a disappointing result.”

Belgian import Collen said it was a disappointing start to his Roar career, but remained positive the season was not over for the squad.

“We have to pick up the good things and keep confident and keep working and that-s the only way to get there,” he said.

Brisbane Roar 0 Newcastle Jets 2 (Thompson 50-, Bridges (pen.) 55-)

Brisbane Roar: 1. Matthew Ham (gk), 3. Luke DeVere, 4. Pieter Collen, 7. Michael Zullo, 8. Massimo Murdocca (14. Adam Sarota 77-), 9. Sergio van Dijk, 11. Reinaldo, 12. Matthew Mundy (17. Mitch Nichols 60-), 15. Matt McKay (c), 19. Isaka Cernak (21. Tommy Oar 45-), 22. Ivan Franjic

Unused Substitue: 30. Matt Acton (gk)

Yellow Cards: 14. Adam Sarota 78-

Red Cards: nil

Newcastle Jets : 1. Ben Kennedy (gk), 2. Angelo Costanzo, 3. Adam D-Apuzzo, 4. Nikolai Topor-Stanley, 5. Ljubo Milicevic, 6. Ben Kantarovski, 7. Jin-Hyung Song, 8. Matthew Thompson (c) (26. Ali Abbas 76-), 11. Tarek Elrich, 12. Jobe Wheelhouse, 14. Michael Bridges (15. Sean Rooney 66-)

Unused Substitutes: 22. Kaz Patafta, 30. Dion Shaw (gk)

Yellow Cards: nil

Red Cards: nil

Referee: Matthew Breeze

Crowd: 6656