Burns punishes poor Victory
by Tomasz Ng
Hyundai A-League 2013/14, Round 8
5:00pm, Sunday 8 December – AAMI Park, Melbourne
Melbourne Victory FC 1
(James Troisi 50’)
Newcastle United Jets FC 2
(Nathan Burns 43’ 65’)
Newcastle Jets defeated a disappointing Melbourne Victory 2-1 in their first home game of the season at AAMI Park, thanks to a brace by Nathan Burns.
The man on loan from Korean K-League Classic club Incheon United punished the hosts for some poor defending to send the Jets flying up to third on the table.
Victory begun the match well enough, and in the first minute tried to claim a penalty as Mark Birighitti clattered into Mark Milligan, but the keeper was rule to have won the ball.
The home side were creating more openings, but there was nothing clear cut.
Newcastle were battling themselves, with Scott Neville particularly in the wars.
First his face collided with Kew Jaliens’ knee then had to be stretchered off with what looked to be a serious knee injury sustained in innocuous circumstances.
Connor Pain, who started in place of the injured Archie Thompson was not having his best game, and when Barbarouses presented him an opportunity after a slaloming run, the youngster could only skew his shot wide of the post.
As Newcastle began to work their way into a rhythm, Victory did not match their rise in intensity and were limited to almost nothing going forward.
Adama Traore did try to spark the game into life however, obliging with the crowd to shoot from 35 yards, but his powerful dipping effort was well saved by Birighitti.
With a couple minutes left of normal time in the first half, Jets took the lead through Burns.
After Victory had squandered possession, Burns combined with Adam Taggart to create an opening and caught the Victory defence square.
The wideman simply slotted the ball past Nathan Coe on his near post to put the visitors ahead.
Victory came out in the second half in the same mode as they did the first, and this time made the most of their early possession as they equalised through James Troisi.
Adama Traore crossed the ball in from the left for Nichols on the edge of the box, and he played a through ball that split the Jets defence and Troisi did the rest.
But just as Victory looked like they might grind out a result, Burns punished them for some more slack defending.
Sam Gallaway who stormed down the right flank sent in a rather harmless cross for the far post, but Victory’s marquee signing Pablo Contreras was too casual and failed to clear his lines.
The ball then fell to Ruben Zadkovich, whose shot was blocked but the ball fell to Burns who was free at the back post, and he duly put the ball past Coe to restore Newcastle’s lead.
Victory were unable to recover from conceding that goal, and though Finkler and Nabbout tried to create some openings, they were unable to get a proper chance at goal.
Even Traore who at one stage bombed forward had dribbled his way into the box only to run into a Jets defender who cleared before the Ivorian could get a shot underway.
It was a poor result for the home side, who now face Perth Glory in a must win clash if they are to stay in touch with the leading pack and get back to form.
As for Newcastle the win ensured last week’s setback against Sydney was just a small blip as they continue their aim to finish in the finals.
Melbourne Victory FC :
1. Nathan Coe [GK], 2. Pablo Contreras, 3. Adama Traore, 5. Mark Milligan (C), 6. Leigh Broxham (13. Andrew Nabbout +79’), 9. Kosta Barbarouses, 11. Connor Pain (7. Guilherme Finkler +69’), 14. James Troisi, 15. Mitch Nichols, 16. Rashid Mahazi (25. Jason Geria +71’), 23. Adrian Leijer
Unused Subs: 20. Lawrence Thomas, 4. Nicholas Ansell
Yellow Cards: Leijer 29’, Finkler 90’
Red Cards: Nil
Newcastle Jets FC:
1. Mark Birighitti [GK], 2. Scott Neville (16. Jacob Pepper +25’), 3. Taylor Regan, 4. Kew Jaliens, 5. Benjamin Kantarovski, 7. Andrew Hoole (18. James Brown +54’), 8. Ruben Zadkovich (C), 10. Nathan Burns, 15. Joshua Brillante, 21. Samuel Gallaway, 22. Adam Taggart (9. Emile Heskey +69’)
Unused Subs: 20. Ben Kennedy, 11. Craig Goodwin
Yellow Cards: Nil
Red Cards: Nil
Referee: Alan Milliner
Assistants: Ashley Beecham, Jonathan Barreiro, Lucien Laverdure
Pitch Rating: 9/10
Game Rating: 6.5/10
3. Nathan Burns
2. Kew Jaliens
1. Adama Traore
By Tomasz Ng