Adelaide United have thrashed struggling Newcastle Jets 7-0 at Coopers Stadium on Saturday afternoon heaping the pressure on Phil Stubbins.
Adelaide wasted no time getting into gear as the A-League kicked off again after the Asian Cup break, as Bruce Djite found the back of the net in the second minute.
And, things just got worse for Newcastle from that moment on as Stubbins’ side was completely eclipsed.
What they said
“It’s a really satisfying win. The coach has said a lot about our finishing in recent weeks and to come here and bag seven is very impressive. We were good from the front line to the goal-keeper today so it’s all positive.” - Reds midfielder Osama Malik
“It’s gutting. It’s 7-0, it just shouldn’t happen. If you’re not doing the small things right, which we aren’t doing as a team then these sorts of things can happen.” - Jets midfielder Zenon Caravella
1-0 Brue Djite (2’) Adelaide made a quality counter-attack count as Nigel Boogaard and Craig Goodwin combined nicely down the left. When the Jets defence failed to clear Goodwin’s cross, Djite was on hand to slam home the opening goal from close range.
2-0 Marcelo Carrusca (23’) Argentine playmaker Marcelo Carrusca showed he’s come back from injury with intent as he rounded Ben Kennedy for an easy finish after a ridiculously good through ball from Isaias.
3-0 Carrusca (27’) David Carney loses possession on the byline before Adrian Madaschi compounds the mistake by bringing down Michael Marrone in the area. Carrusca steps up to the spot and after UAE’s efforts last night he tries a panenka penalty. Kennedy saves it, but Carrusca is given a second chance as Griffiths had encroached. The Argentine makes no mistake second time around.
4-0 Boogaard (35’) Osama Malik heads a corner back into the box and Boogaard is on hand to flick it home.
5-0 Djite (54’) Djite scores his second goal from close-range. His first effort may have been blocked but the striker makes no mistake with the second chance.
6-0 (Cirio 70’) Pablo Sanchez is brought down by Ben Kennedy and this time it’s Cirio who takes the penalty, the midfielder amping up the pain for Newcastle.
7-0 (Isaias 90+3’) Party time for Adelaide as Isaias is given far too much space and he curls in a stunner from 22 yards.
This probably came two minutes in when Djite found the back of the net. It was all downhill for Newcastle after that.
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The result was actually the second time Adelaide have posted a seven-goal win. The Reds beat North Queensland Fury 8-1 in early 2011.
Back to the drawing board
It would be hard for Josep Gombau to change this side, although his use of Awer Mabil off the bench was interesting.
As for Phil Stubbins, it will be interesting to see whether he’s given the chance to rebuild after this result.
The Final Word
Adelaide United have signalled their intent in the second half of this season, coming back from the break with one of the biggest wins in the club’s history. The effort has seen them leapfrog Wellington into second on the A-League table and they’re just three points behind Perth Glory. It’s also given their goal difference a massive shot in the arm, something that may prove vital over the season’s last few months.
Newcastle, meanwhile, are kept off the bottom of the table by the winless Wanderers. But they’ve now conceded 35 goals this season at an average of 2.33 per match. They have a goal difference of -23 as well and things look grim for the Jets, especially after the departure of Marcos Flores during the week.comments