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Newcastle Jets 0-1 Nagoya Grampus

26 April 2009 No Comment

Source: www.the-afc.com

Newcastle Jets coach Gary van Egmond was left to rue his side’s missed opportunities in front of goal in their 1-0 loss to Nagoya Grampus at EnergyAustralia Stadium on Wednesday.

Newcastle went close from set pieces early on but the classy Japanese outfit took the lead in the 57th minute when substitute Keita Sugimoto took the ball wide before crossing for Yoshizumi Ogawa to score from close range.

The Jets earned a penalty in the 77th minute after Sasho Petrovski was felled in the box by Milos Bajalica but Nagoya goalkeeper Seigo Narazaki saved Petrovski’s under-strength spot kick to maintain his side’s lead.

“It is definitely a case of taking your chances,” said van Egmond after the match.

“I thought Nagoya was the better of the teams in the first half in regards to dictating the game, but we wanted to ensure we kept our goal intact.

“Defensively we were quite sound. They had some half chances in the first half but I didn’t think they created too many full clear cut chances.

“In the second half we started to push on in search of winning the game but when your luck is not in it is not in.”

“I think the pass that Matt Thompson plays ricocheted off the ref and their boy gets the ball and runs down. We still had plenty of numbers there and we didn’t clear it.

‚ÄúThen we earn ourselves a penalty and we don’t score.

“I am sure he (Petrovski) is feeling pretty down about it but we just have to regroup and get ready for our game against Beijing.”

Nagoya head coach Dragan Stojokovic indicated that his side’s attacking shape was the key to their victory.

“First of all I thought the game was very tough, from the beginning until the end,” Stojokovic said.

“But the most important thing I think is that we achieved our goal of playing good football.

“It was a very competitive match and of course we very satisfied that we won and we go forward.

“But I what I think is important is that we surprised the Newcastle Jets with our tactic – I prepared my team with the three across the back, with the two players on the side in a wide position and it created a big problem for them.

“We controlled the game technically and we held enough possession and I think that is the key why we won the game.”

Stojokovic also heaped praise on Narazaki for his penalty save late in the match.

“The goalkeeper is there to save, but Narazaki showed again that he is the number one goalkeeper in Japan,” he said.

“Thanks to his wonderful save we won the game.”

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