50: Grinding Hard

30 November 2019
Newcastle, Australia

A run of average performances see us overtaken at the top of the table. A win, a loss and two draws is not a great return for the month however we have not been destroyed at any stage which is a good result.

Blow by Blow

Rory Adams out

2019-0269

Annoying injury which will keep the young NZ center-back out for this month. We have good depth so it’s not the end of the world.

Player conversation

2019-0270

Brentyn Dobson knows that he is low down the pecking order and wishes to leave under his own terms. I am happy to accommodate him.

Hyundai A-League – Match 5/27

2019-0271

The Phoenix have been struggling this season and are currently sitting bottom with no points. While they are my hometown team, today it is up to me to put them to the sword.

2019-0272

Nick Wells scores his first goal of the season with an absolute screamer from outside the area. They come back and level it up just on half time. Dobson lashes home our second from the penalty spot. We had to work for the result but got there in the end.

Five games unbeaten

2019-0274

We have been putting up a series of good results with four wins and a draw in the last five games.

Injury Update

2019-0275

Sean Brook has only played 34 minutes this season for us. It will be good to get him back playing as he has the potential to be one of the best players in my squad.

Hyundai A-League – Match 6/27

2019-0276

Well it may be a difficult challenge, seeing as I have six players including goal keeper Hughes out for this match on international duty.

2019-0277

We battled with diligence however it took us until the 70th minute to get ahead. We thought we had the three points sown up only to concede a late 86th minute equalizer.

Jets Debuts

2019-0279

Young Paul Thurtell and Nicolas Orlando made their debuts due to international commitments in the squad.

Hyundai A-League – Match 7/27

 

2019-0280

We have a stronger side back for this game. It won’t be easy as Western Sydney have been playing well this season.

2019-0281

They play counter attacking direct football, and for the most part looked the better side. We couldn’t buy a shot on target today, which was disappointing. In the end we were not clinical enough and didn’t deserve the result.

Injury Report

2019-0283

Nick was just starting to find his feet and is now out for 2 months. We have cover, but Nick is my best front man and will be missed.

Cosmos fall short again

2019-0284

Still can’t win this sodding competition! It was the one title that eluded me when managing Cosmos.

Sydney sack Hughes

2019-0285

After giving me crap when I took the job at Newcastle, Hughes gets the boot as Sydney FC are in last place. Sad? Not overly.

Injury Update

2019-0286

Adams is back after his injury which is good.

King Suspended

2019-0291

Defensive midfielders tend to pick up their share of cards so it is not surprising that King gets a week off.

Hyundai A-League – Match 8/27

2019-0287

While we are still undefeated, we need a win to get our campaign back on track. With Pearth Glory snapping on our heals taking all three points from this match is crucial. Clayton King is suspended for yellow cards, but Sean Brook and Rory Adams are back for us.

2019-0288

They score from a corner when we failed to pick up a runner from deep. Michael Dobson missed a penalty, but on the whole we didn’t deserve to win the game. The only bonus is Melbourne Victory beat Perth Glory so its still tight at the top.

Beltran Suspended

2019-0290

I remember him having the odd game off for yellow cards when in Korea so it is good to see he is consistent!

Match Summary

2019-0292

Not the best month for us. The loss in the ast game was particularily annoying as it meant we squandered a chance to put some distance on the rest of the pack.

League Table

2019-0294

Top five within two points with one game remaining in the first rotation. It is up to us to kick on and make the top spot our own.

Next Episode

2019-0293

Central Coast mariners complete the first rotation and marks the completion of the first third of the season.

 

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