60: Newcastle Dominate

28 November 2020
Newcastle, Australia

We have put in a truly dominant performance this month, winning four matches out of four. What is even more pleasing is the manner of the victories and how we have managed to look largely untroubled in doing so.

The big difference between this season and last season is we are now scoring goals. We have scored 27 goals in only 8 matches, with “Dobbie” bagging  seven and “Mr Li” having found the back of the net five times.

Player on Loan


One of my youth players sent out on loan. I am not sure he will ever be good enough for the first team.

Hyundai A-League – Match 5/27


Adelaide United come to Hunter Stadium in what  will be a pivotal clash where the winner gets to sit on top. We have only won 6 of 23 matches between the clubs.


“Family Man” is joined by “Boothie” at the back. While “The Greek” swaps with “The Major” as part of my keeper rotation policy.


“Dobbie” Dobson puts us ahead when a fierce “Mr Li” thunderbolt deflects into his pat. He had work to do and finished well. We made hard work of the match and despite dominating for large periods we were average where it mattered. It took a second goal by “Scruffy” Carli to cement the victory. “Mr Li” didn’t have the best of games today.


“Scruffy” in Oz Setup


“Scruffy” Carli gets a reward for his top performances in the past 12 months. He puts in a good shift as well.

Hyundai A-League – Match 6/27


We face Perth next, and due to the A-League not making allowances for international breaks I am not sure who I will have available.


As it turns out we are not in bad shape. We are missing all of my New Zealand contingient and “The Greek”, so youth players “The Muzz” and “Vugee” make the bench. “Nerd” is back training but below full fitness, while “Scruffy” is also not fully recovered from his Australian debut.


“Mr Li” finds his range with an early strike on a loose ball in the box. “Dildo” almost made it two however a fine save denied him. Poor defending let the Glory back into the game. A lovely interchange between “Eyetie” and “Dobbie” set up our second goal and we take a 2-1 lead into the half.

“Tuffy is having a dissappointing game and gives away another goal with poor defending. A red card helps us out though, as “Dildo” was hacked down in a clumsey tackle. We take the lead through an own goal, and I make a couple of changes. “Dobbie” makes it four with a fine finish, and “The Count” makes it certain with a clinical finish to a fine move. Somehow “The Axe” conspires to score an own goal with mix-up between him and “The Major”.


Still a win is a win.

Newcastle Debut


Young “Vugee” was the star of this years youth intake. While he is not ready for much more than a cameo here and there, the signs are that he will develop into a good player.

Contract Extension


I signed “Boothie” to an extension of a year on his current deal. He is fast developing into a top defender, and his partnership with “Family Man” has been a revelation this season.


I renegotiated an extension for “The Count”. Same money, but status changed to backup player.


“Trickles” signed a new long term deal which will see the talented midfielder stay at the club for four more years.

New Signing


The last match highlighted the hole I have in squad depth in the central defence. I have been watching this guy and was not sure whether I needed him. It is clear that I did, so here he is.

Hyundai A-League – Match 7/27


Next up we have the Phoenix coming into town. We have the benefit of a full squad for this match and I doubt we will see a repat ofthe goal spree of our last match.


An almost full strength side for this match. “Mr Li” retains his position up front, while “Trooper” gets another chance to impress on the left. New boy “Robbo” gets onto the bench due to his ability to cover both CD and DM positions.


“Trooper misses a golden opportunity to take the lead when he put the shot wide of an empty net. “C.K” set up “Trickles” with a fine pass for our opening goal. Halftime saw us a goal to the good and we have made most of the running.

AN early injury to “Trooper” saw “Gopher” off the bench just five minutes after the restart. “Dobbie” intercepted a pass and chipped the keeper from a long way out for the second goal. We created many more chances but struggled to get the shots on target. Final score 2-0 to the Jets.


Team News


It is always good to give the new boy a few minutes on the pitch to get a taste of the action.

Injury Update


“Nerd” gets some time off. While he is outwardly frustrated at the injury, inwardly I am sure he is delighted at the opportunity to play FM that this spell on the sidelines affords him.

Hyundai A-League – Match 8/27


Next match up we have a visit to third placed Central Coast Mariners.


Two changes for this match. “Scruffy” gets his first start of the season, and “Gopher” is back for “Trooper” who may be slipping out of the match day 16.


“Dobbie” scores a great goal after some smooth passing from “Scruffy”. “Dobbie bangs in his second from the penalty spot following a silly foul. “Gopher” has picked up a knock, but seems to be unaffected. I decide to sub him at the half as a precaution.

“Boothie” add our third from a corner and the game is now firmly in our hands. Worryingly “Frosty” picks up a knock and is withdrawn with “The Count” coming in as a gap filler. Finally we have an injury to “Dobbie” which looks like a serious one. The win could have consequences longer term.  With time almost up “Trooper” scores our fourth goal and his first goal for the season to complete the scoring.


Injury Updates


“Gopher” is out for 4 weeks with a twisted knee. Could have been worse, I guess.


Frosty is out for five weeks with a dodgy hammy. Given his advancing age this could be the beginning of the end for him!

Results Summary


Four from four for the first time at the club. Three clean sheets and the goal bonanza in Perth.

League Table


The spectacular demise of the Victory is truly awe inspiring. From league leaders to wooden spooners almost over night. The lack of a competetor and our form in front of goal has seen us eight points clear after only eight games.

Next Episode


Melbourne Heart round out the first rotation, and then we get to do it all again.

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