Regardless of falling to a transparent and deserved defeat, there have been sparks of life, significantly throughout a powerful first half and late within the second, that might counsel this season may not be as barren for the Jets as many have predicted.
Valentino Yuel and Ramy Najjarine had been artistic and electrical down the flanks, however caretaker coach Craig Deans can be rueing the dearth of ending on the top of their crosses, and hoping that the membership’s new homeowners – a gaggle of rival A-League traders, together with Wanderers chairman Paul Lederer – can present funds to bolster his squad with some much-needed high quality.
Yuel ran the Wanderers ragged within the opening exchanges just for his marker, Gordon, to depart him within the mud as he broke clear and nodded dwelling a nook kick to offer the guests the lead within the seventh minute.
Simply earlier than the hour mark, Russell doubled their benefit with a first-time piledriver that exploded previous Jack Duncan.
In between, an unimaginable long-distance strike from Nicolai Muller was chalked off after the VAR noticed Simon Cox straying marginally offside through the build-up play, whereas Thomas Aquilina – handed his maiden A-League begin by Robinson – one way or the other missed an unmissable tap-in from point-blank vary.
Newcastle captain Nigel Boogaard’s 73rd-minute header off a swerving Najjarine free kick gave the Jets hope of a late comeback however regardless of a gallant late rally, their followers would have little extra to shout for.
They did, nonetheless, take pleasure in Ibini’s failure to transform a one-on-one probability, which elicited a spherical of sarcastic cheers, and the COVID-capped, mask-clad crowd continued to hound the Wanderers ahead each time he neared the ball.
The Jets actually had their possibilities, however Western Sydney regularly repelled them. They completed the primary half with extra photographs on aim (11 to 7) however couldn’t convert any of them, regardless of the toil and hassle attributable to Yuel and Najjarine.