Marcos Flores cancelled out Tomi Juric's early goal to ensure the Newcastle Jets and Western Sydney Wanderers shared the points. Griffin McMaster rates all the players' performances from today's 1-1 draw at Pirtek Stadium.
WESTERN SYDNEY WANDERERS
ANTE COVIC – 6.5 Did not have much to do in that second 45 minutes. Quiet game for the custodian.
MATTHEW SPIRANOVIC – 7 Seemed to sit a bit too deep on occasions but I think there’s something missing in Wanderers midfield that’s causing that.
DANIEL ALESSI – 6 Played 45 mins. Didn’t see a lot.
SHANNON COLE – 6 Got forward which was good but didn’t contain Carney well enough.
NIKOLAI TOPOR-STANLEY – 7 Back from international duty. Sound.
MATEO POLJAK – 6.5 Screened. Was good but sometimes didn’t do his job.
ROMEO CASTELEN – 6 played as a number ten behind the strikers. Not completely match fit…ok at best.
NIKITA RUKAVYTSYA – 8 Showed great pace, Jets couldn’t contain him. May have been injured? Precaution? Strong shift.
IACOPO LA ROCCA – 6 Might be time for Popovic to look for more creativity in the midfield.
VITOR SABA – 7 Good start with an early shot. Delivered the assist to the first goal.
TOMI JURIC – 7.5 superb side foot volley. Hit the post in the second half, had a good header, should have had a hat trick.
LABINOT HALITI – 5.5 On after 76 minutes.
BRENDAN HAMILL – 6.5 On halftime. Played right back. Got into the final third on some occasions.
MARK BRIDGE – 6 On after 58 minutes.
BEN KENNEDY – 7 Vision may have been blighted for the first goal. Made a save also just cleared off the line, not bad for a first match back.
ADRIAN MADASCHI – 7.5 Reurns from injury. Went down more times than in a WWE fight. Defensively good.
SAMUEL GALLAWAY – 6.5 nearly put one in his own net early days. Ok.
NICHOLAS COWBURN – 7 A-league debut and accounted ok.
KEW JALIENS – 7 got the run around a fair bit. Couldn’t deal with Rukavytsya’s pace.
BILLY CELESKI – 7 Was the glue in midfield for Jets. Good shift.
MARCOS FLORES – 7.5 Played well. Hit the crossbar in the first half and also got on the scoresheet.
ALLAN WELSH – 7.5 Looked quite solid again and hasn’t looked out of place.
JERONIMO NEUMANN – 6 Had some involvement but didn’t make too much of an impact.
DAVID CARNEY – 8 Set-up Jets’ first goal very well by picking out Flores. Was Newcastle’s best player.
ÉDSON MONTAÑO – 5 Had an open net but couldn’t score. Haven’t seen much.
ANDREW HOOLE – 6.5 On after 64 minutes. Played out on the left. Did his job well.
JOEL GRIFFITHS – 5 On after 68 minutes. Hardly got a touch on the ball.
JACOB PEPPER – N/A Came on after 78 minutes.comments