A Marcelo Carrusca penalty proved the difference as Adelaide United saw off Newcastle Jets 1-0 at Coopers Stadium on Friday night.
John Hall – 7.5: Made what can only be described as a save off the head of Morten Nordstrand, recovering from a futile position to produce a fingertip save, clattering into the post in the process. The clean sheet will do him the world of good.
Tarek Elrich – 8: Came up with a goalsaving tackle to deny Nabbout at a critical time of the match. Won the penalty with a trademark mazy run into the box.
Ryan McGowan – 6.5: Brainfade in the 23rd minute went unpunished. Proved to be a minor blip, however.
Taylor Regan – 7: Solid and uncompromising.
Michael Marrone – 7.5: Denied a certain goal with a last-ditch block on Andrew Hoole. Busy, particularly after half time.
Isaias – 6: Valiantly fought on after acquiring what looked like a potentially serious knee injury in the first half. Only made it to the break and his absence will come as a devastating blow.
Marcelo Carrusca – 8.5: Responded to a lean week with a vastly improved showing. Occupied threatening positions and tried to inspire a waning attack. Calmly tucked away a penalty.
Riley McGree – 7.5: Offered plenty of energy going forward and held up his end of the bargain defensively.
Jordan O’Doherty – 7: Put himself about. Another youngster who showed some desperately needed hunger. Final product lacking, however.
Nikola Mileusnic – 6.5: Succumbed to cramp. Tried hard, but much of his work went unrewarded by the gaping hole at No.9.
Sergio Cirio – 5.5: Quiet. Looks a different player – for worse.
Kim Jae-sung – 6.5: Added another dimension to Adelaide’s play. Looks to be a great pickup.
Ben Garuccio – N/A: Unable to make an impact.
Marc Marino – N/A: Introduced too late to make an impact.
Jack Duncan – 5.5: Mostly untested but was lucky not to be made to pay for a misjudged corner. Beaten by the penalty.
Jason Hoffman – 6.5: Showed his versatility with a workman-like performance down the left-hand side. Constantly provided an extra number forward but always got back.
Nigel Boogaard – 4.5: Conceded a poor penalty. Disappointing moment for the captain.
Lachlan Jackson – 5.5: Had a few worrisome moments but mostly solid.
Daniel Mullen – 5: Might have done more to stop Elrich reaching the box.
Mateo Poljak – 5.5: Struggled to contain Carrusca. Sacrificed early.
Steven Ugarkovic – 5: Could not make his presence felt in an attacking sense.
Ma Leilei – 7: Got into plenty of good areas, the Jets’ best. Dangerous but not incisive though.
Andrew Hoole – 3.5: Lacked touch and potency.
Andrew Nabbout – 6: Unable to produce any moments of magic but carried himself like a man at the top of his game. Ultimately, well marshalled.
Morten Nordstrand – 5: Strangely gave up on a direct pass that would have seen him in on goal. Only logical guess would be that he thought he was offside, but replays showed it was among a catalogue of expert runs he made.
Johnny Koutroumbis – N/A: Could not change the game.
Wayne Brown – 3: Ruled himself out of the F3 Derby by picking up a fifth yellow of the season for a fiery retaliation on McGree. No impact otherwise.
Devante Clut – N/A: Like his teammates, unable to make an impact.