David Lowe The Lowedown


Well, where do I start? Make a list and prioritise, David, I can hear an old teacher of mine preaching. Bugger that, sounds like hard work I reckon. Let’s start with something completely left field.

Happy 65th birthday Sir Isaac Vivian Alexander Richards, cool cat, hero to millions, and cricketing genius. I trust the Antiguan age pension will supplement your lifestyle comfortably!

Sorry for that indulgence, relieving my youth momentarily.

But it helps my left-field theme, which probably started with Mark Jones’s starting selection on Sunday. I have to say I was more than surprised to learn that he had left captain Nigel Boogaard out of the starting at 11, and also relegated Morten Nordstrand to the pine.

It’s hard to say whether that move worked or not, the Jets leading 青岛伴游网, courtesy of a debatable penalty, when the whole flow of the game changed with the sending-off of Jason Hoffman on 32 minutes. Regardless it left me scratching my head pre-game.

Newcastle’s Jason Hoffman and Brisbane’s Brett Holman clash on Sunday. Picture: Getty Images

In searching for a reason, I can only guess that Jones wanted the yard of extra pace that Jackson and Koutroumbis possess, to cope with the impressive movement and mobility of Roar striker Jamie McLaren.

That choice, plus the inclusion of Wayne Brown for Nordstrand , suggested the Jets would look to play a little more directly through or over Brisbane’s press.

To be fair to Brisbane, they played forward earlier and with more purpose, than they often do, and Maclaren was a lively beneficiary of that mindset. By the same token, it was justifiable reward for some clever and incisive movement off the ballfor Brisbane’s No.9.

The sending-offmakes it a difficult game to critique or analyse.

Would Brisbane have tired towards the end of 青岛兼职模特招聘 minutes 11 v 11, given the schedule they have endured recently?

Would the Jets have been pegged back by the Roar, who were already creating good chances for Maclaren, and getting Brett Holman on the ball too comfortably in front of the Jets’ back four, before Hoffman’s departure?

I don’t think anyone can answer that question definitively, and therein lies the frustration for fans.

A decent game of football was brewingbefore the send-off, but its shape altered and twisted permanently in one (or I guess two) moments.

For one very mild piece of dissent (and cruelty to a football), punching said sphere with the heel of ahand, and a flailing arm, being used to shield the ball, not swinging with intent, Newcastle were punished for almost an hour.

Compare that to a fortnight ago when dangerous tackles, threatening serious injury to both teams, and only yellow cards resulted, and you will understand my beef.

That said, could the Jets have done a better job of preserving the half-time lead? I think they could have, despite the fact that Brisbane are a well-structured possession side, adept at taking advantage of numerical superiority.

The home side weren’t helped by the penalty for Andrew Hoole manhandling Thomas Broich at a defensive corner. I have no problem with that award, as long as you punish every instance at every set piece, because the practice is a blight on the game.

Memo to match officials and lawmakers, it’s quite simple to police. Just remember, the attacking team wants to have a free heading contest, the defensive team does not.

Any contacts or grappling will be initiated by the defender. Any player not facing the ball at the moment of contact is in the process of fouling or preparing to foul his or her opponent.

Apply the rule equally at both ends, send off persistent perpetrators, and awardpenalties by the bucketload if players don’t respond.

Don’t please, pick out one per game in the 62ndminute .

Feel free to penalise the attacking team if they attempt to block off the goalkeeper’s opportunity to come and claim any crosses.

Is it naive or ancient to hope for reward for accuracy, good jumping ability and heading technique to triumph at set pieces?

Sorry, off the high horse, and back to the Jets, and their management of the second half.

I think they got caught a bit half-and-half in approach, one eye on attacking to try and slip into the top six, make the home fans happy, and one eye on protecting the lead for as long as possible.

Everyone is different in philosophy and approach in situations like these. Some in my group at the match were adamant that the Jets still had to try and win the game, not just sit back and defend.

Others felt sitting in, frustrating the Roar as much as possible, then springing on the counter was only way to go.

There are many considerations, first and foremost the quality of the opponent, and your own players’ best assets.

I’m not sure how much communication Jets coach Mark Jones was allowed or afforded to his team at half-time, or during the remainder of the match, but it seemed to me that the Jets tried to have an each-way bet tactically.

Theywent with their most mobile midfield combination, hoping to get up and support striker Kokko after protecting the back four.

The alternative wasprobably playing very narrow, using Hoole or Nabbout up front to threaten in behind, sacrificing a forward-type player to play a third defensive midfielder, and allowing Brisbane freedom and time to cross from wider areas, essentially relying on Boogaard and Jackson to win everything aerially.

Then relying on perhaps two chances on the break in a half of football to provide another goal.

That approach requires acceptance of a draw as not too bad a result, and some would disagree with that totally.

Considering the teams around the Jets could largely only draw, perhaps 青岛模特预约 conservative point would have been fine.

Could it have been scrounged with a more cautious approach? Or even a more aggressive one? We will never know.

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