Report: Jets finish strong in Wanderers draw


The new man in charge, Carl Robinson, oversaw his first match as Jets manager on Saturday evening as his side secured a draw which could have been a win.

Dominating the match in a number of departments – possession, corners, shots on target – Newcastle couldn’t find the back of the net more than once.

The one goal came from Matty Millar, who slipped one in at the near post with 15 minutes to go in the second half to equalise.

It was an opening 20 minutes which was more than rocky for Newcastle, with the Wanderers opening the scoring from the penalty spot through Mitch Duke after his teammate, Bruce Kamau, was brought down by Bobby Burns inside the box with five minutes on the clock.

Western Sydney continued to put the Jets under the pump, with Lewis Italiano out quickly to smother one at the feet of Simon Cox before Mitch Duke hit the post.

Abdiel Arroyo Western Sydney Wanderers

The Jets worked their way back into the match, with Steven Ugarkovic, Dimi Petratos, and Matt Millar all going close in the opening half without finding the back of the net.

Knocking on the door for the second half in its entirety, Newcastle finally found the breakthrough goal in the 74th minute when Matt Millar snuck in his third goal of the season.

We’ll now refocus and turn to take on Melbourne Victory, where a win could see the Jets move into ninth on the Hyundai A-League ladder.