Newcastle continue good A-League run

Nov 11, 2017 - 9:55 AM Newcastle Jets coach Ernie Merrick says his side's hard-fought 2-1 win over Adelaide United on Saturday was "pretty average" and has warned them to stay focused despite going to the top of the A-League ladder.

The victory on Saturday maintains the Jets' unbeaten start to the campaign, but Merrick urged his players to focus on securing maximum points from its next match.

"We're only six games in, we're keeping grounded," he said.

"Whether you're top of the league or not it's just about collecting three points every week."

The Jets came from behind after the Reds found the net in the 24th minute.

Merrick said following the opener, he tinkered with the midfield resulting in a shift in momentum and a number of chances for the Jets.

Ben Kantarovski eventually equalised for the visitors on the stroke of half time on the back of a period of sustained pressure.

"I wouldn't call it a great victory, it was a pretty average performance," Merrick said.

"For the first half an hour we were chasing our tails, we just couldn't keep the ball.

"I made a couple of midfield changes and it turned around the last ten minutes of the first half."

Newcastle emerged after half time and pummelled United, carving out a host of chances.

Andrew Nabbout equalised three minutes after the break capitalising on an errant back pass, before teeing up Roy O'Donovan who inexplicably missed an open goal from close range.

Nabbout could have added a third goal for Newcastle as the chances flowed before a late flurry from the Reds came up fruitless for the home side.

"We reorganised it at half time and did well in the second half but in the end we just had to hang on," Merrick said.

"Adelaide did what they had to do, they threw numbers forward.

"It wasn't a great game of football but it's probably better winning ugly than losing pretty."

United coach Marco Kurz slammed the Reds response following the Jets' first goal caused by an weak backpass from young defender Ben Warland.

"It's a big mistake from Benny Warland but I'm not angry about this mistake," he said.

"I was angry about the ten minutes after the mistake because we lost complete discipline out of our position.

"The cannot happen... that's for me, the biggest error from today."

Source: AAP

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