Player Ratings: Newcastle Jets 2 Melbourne Victory 0 – Thou shall not...

Player Ratings: Newcastle Jets 2 Melbourne Victory 0 – Thou shall not pass

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Newcastle Jets have defeated Melbourne Victory 2-0 at McDonald Jones Stadium on Saturday to remain in second position and keep the heat on Sydney FC.

Newcastle Jets

Jack Duncan – 8.5: Made some fantastic saves right through the 90 and dealt with everything in a composed fashion.

Lachlan Jackson – 5.5: Sloppy in defence to give the ball away on one occasion and was beaten easily at times. Did however have a tough task dealing with Kosta Barbarouses.

Nigel Boogaard – 7.5: Excellent headed finish made it 1-0. Made a few important clearances and won most of his challenges.

Nikolai Topor-Stanley – 6.5: Made several clearances and a couple of interceptions. Solid defensively.

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Jason Hoffman – 7: Part of the second goal with the assist to the assist. Made plenty of clearances bunched with a couple of interceptions and tackles.

Ben Kantarovski – 7.5: Won a dozen of his duels and his long passing was fantastic. A great way to end an excellent week individually.

Steven Ugarkovic – 7: Solid distribution, made five tackles and racked up a couple of interceptions. A good all-round display.

Dimi Petratos – 8: His distribution was solid all match and that consistency paid of just after the half hour mark when his set piece delivery found Boogaard. He caused the visitors a lot of grief.

Andrew Nabbout – 7.5: Created a few chances, including an assist for McGree and had a couple of shots on target.

Roy O’Donovan – 5: Came close a couple of times but was a little bit rusty due to his lengthy spells on the sideline this season.

Patito Rodriguez – 5.5: Did not have a huge impact for his side. Did not create a great deal of chances and was dispossessed a few times.

Substitutes

Riley McGree – 7: Doubled the Jets’ advantage, ultimately sealing the points and it is a goal that could prove vital to their season.

Ivan Vujica – 6: Made a few clearances and got a couple of crosses in during his 20-minute cameo.

Wayne Brown – N/A: Came on in dying stages.

 

Melbourne Victory

Lawrence Thomas – 6: Often composed, made a successful run out of his box to break down an attack, which, for Victory, may have otherwise been fatal. Suffered a concussion early in the second half.

Leigh Broxham – 5: Hit the crossbar in the final stages of the match. Was beaten easily too often.

Rhys Williams – 5.5: Found himself in the opposition’s box and came close to scoring, but lacked composure. Made a few clearances but it was not his best day at the office.

James Donachie – 6: Beaten too easily a couple of times, racked up five clearances and three interceptions.

Matias Sanchez – 4.5: Made a few interceptions but did not have a big impact. Looked a little lost at right-back.

Carl Valeri – 5: His distribution was good but his impact was minimal from both an attacking and defensive perspective.

Terry Antonis – 6.5: Showed his strength on the ball at times and produced a couple of great crosses. Distribution was consistent.

James Troisi – 6: Made a few key passes to create a couple of chances but was not decisive.

Christian Theoharous – 5: Produced an excellent through ball chance in the first half, but was not heavily involved apart from that.

Kosta Barbarouses – 7: His pressing was good and he found space well, but often let himself down with the final product. Still, was one of Victory’s better performers.

Besart Berisha – 5: His short-range strike in the first half was saved, arguably his side’s best chance of the first half. Had a couple more chances in the second half but it just was not his day.

Substitutes

Matt Acton – 5.5: Replaced Thomas early in the second half, made one save but could not keep out the Jets’ second.

Leroy George – 6: Added another dimension to the Victory attack. Most of his set pieces were unusually sub-par, however.

Jai Ingham – N/A: Entered play late and did not get involved much.

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