It’s the match up that every Mariners’ supporter puts in their diary. The #F3Derby. Ahead of our Wednesday night trip to Newcastle, Mike Mulvey addressed the media.
It’s a crucial match for both teams – the Mariners will be looking to continue their run of positive results, whilst the Jets who are yet to taste victory in 2019.
A busy summer of football schedule has forced both Mike Mulvey and Ernie Merrick into squad changes, which makes for an unpredictable game plan from either side. The most notable omission for the Mariners is someone who is very familiar to the #F3Derby in Matt Simon who serves a one-game-suspension. Jake McGing & Tommy Oar will also miss the match through injury.
Through injuries and suspensions, come big opportunities for those who are ready to take it. Enter: Peter Kekeris, Josh Macdonald, Josh Nisbet (NYL) & Charles M’Mombwa (NYL) who have all been added to Mulvey’s provisional squad.
The last time these two sides met, the Mariners opened the scoring through Matt Simon but the Jets scored twice in the second half to claim a 2-1 win.
Mulvey in the media
Continuing a run of form…
“The performances since the Sydney game have been very good. We were in front, lost the game in the second half, Wellington Phoenix 2-0 up at half time and lost 3-2 after a send off. The win against City was uplifting. Then I felt a disappointed dressing room after our draw with Brisbane and I like the fact they’re disappointed. It shows the players care, we all care and we’re ready to go tomorrow night. January is a gruelling period, we’re asking the players to back up and I’m sure they’re ready.
“We copped an injury to Jake McGing who is out for a little while, Tommy Oar we lost against City who is out for a little while. Simon is out suspended. At this time of the season you need to use your squad – it’s all hands-on deck.
The challenge of the #F3Derby…
“They are a difficult side, they go back to front quickly and a front four that can hurt any team in the league. We need to be prepared to stop the service so that they can’t put balls in behind us. At the same time, we need to play our own football.
“It’s a derby, and any player and coach will tell you that they want to win the derby. At the end of the day you don’t get carried away with one fixture. We’re looking at this game with a view to continue the momentum we started and continue the way we’ve started 2019.
Missing Matt Simon…
“Matt can’t do it on his own, he galvanises people and he’s certainly done that over the last few weeks. We’ll miss him but Jordan Murray will go in there and lead the line, we haven’t played him as an out and out striker. He will be somewhere up there in the front line, so we hope he carries on the good form he’s shown in recent games.
“I expect a good performance from the whole team. That’s what happens when you play good football you say that’s the standard we’re holding you to,” Mulvey said.
Newcastle Jets squad:1.Glen MOSS (gk), 4.Nigel BOOGAARD (c), 6.Steven UGARKOVIC, 7.Dimi PETRATOS, 8.Jair, 9.Roy O’DONOVAN, 10.Ronald VARGAS, 11.Mitch AUSTIN, 13.Ivan VUJICA, 14.Kaine SHEPPARD, 16.Nick COWBURN, 17.Daniel GEORGIEVSKI, 18.Johnny KOUTROUMBIS, 20.Lewis ITALIANO (gk), 22.Lachlan JACKSON, 23.Matthew RIDENTON, 24.Joe CHAMPNESS, 44.Nikolai TOPOR-STANLEY
**two to be omitted**
Ins: 11.Mitch AUSTIN (promoted), 17.Daniel GEORGIEVSKI (return from suspension)
Outs: 3.Jason HOFFMAN (suspended)
Unavailable: 5.Ben KANTAROVSKI (groin – 2 weeks)
Central Coast Mariners squad: 1.Ben KENNEDY (gk), 2.Jonathan ASPROPOTAMITS, 3.Jack CLISBY, 6.Tom HIARIEJ, 7.Andrew HOOLE, 8.Michael McGLINCHEY, 11.Connor PAIN, 12.Adam PEARCE (gk), 13.Aiden O’NEILL, 15.Kye ROWLES, 16.Josh MACDONALD, 17.Peter KEKERIS, 18.Matt MILLAR, 22.Jacob MELLING, 23.Mario SHABOW, 25.Jordan MURRAY, 26.Josh NISBET, 27.Charles M’MOMBWA
**two to be omitted**
Ins: 16.Josh MACDONALD (promoted), 17.Peter KEKERIS (promoted), 26.Josh NISBET (promoted), 27.Charles M’MOMBWA (promoted)
Outs: 19.Matt SIMON (suspended – accumulation of yellow cards) & 4.Jake McGING (hamstring)
Unavailable: 21.Corey GAMEIRO (calf) & 10.Tommy OAR (leg injury)
Opta Stat Attack
- The Jets have won their last four A-League games against the Mariners – the longest winning streak of either side in the history of the #F3Derby.
- Six of the last seven games between the Jets and Mariners at McDonald Jones Stadium have ended in a draw.
- The Mariners are winless in their last 17 games away from home.
- The Jets have made 238 total shots this season, more than any other team, however they’ve scored the fewest goals of any team in the league this season
- Kye Rowles has made 33 interceptions and blocked 11 shots this season; only one other player (Topor-Stanley) has made 30+ interceptions and blocked 10+ shots this season
Wednesday, 23 January 2019
Match: Newcastle Jets vs. Central Coast Mariners}
Venue: McDonald Jones Stadium, Newcastle
Kick-off: 7:50pm (AEDT)
TV Broadcast: Live coverage on FOX SPORTS AUSTRALIA
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