Prso 8.5, Armiento 3: Newcastle vs Perth Player Ratings
The Newcastle Jets and Perth Glory have failed to break their barren runs of form by playing out a score draw in Coffs Harbour.
Below are our player ratings from the 1-1 result.
Lewis Italiano - 7
Italiano made a top save to deny a swerving Bruno Fornaroli effort early on, and he was always confident to come off his line and make several claims.
Matthew Millar - 5
The fullback started well and got in behind Perth's defence on a few occasions in the first half, but his end product was severely lacking throughout. He also didn't do enough to stop the constant supply of crosses from Kosuke Ota.
Lachlan Jackson - 8
Jackson had a powerful header saved by Liam Reddy just before halftime, and throughout the game he made several crucial interventions.
Nikolai Topor-Stanley - 4
The veteran is very wasteful in possession, and often gets pressed and forced to go long. He struggled to deal with Fornaroli who was in fine form.
Connor O'Toole - 5
Didn't really offer much in an attacking sense, and should have done more to stop Joel Chianese from scoring a tap in to open the scoring on the hour.
Luka Prso - 8.5
The midfielder grew in confidence as the game wore on, and brought an element of flair the Jets have missed lately. He was tidy in possession for the most part and his perfectly weighted pass allowed Stamatelopoulos to get to the ball ahead of Ota and win Newcastle's penalty.
Angus Thurgate - 6.5
The Port Macquarie Pele was at the heart of most Jets attacks in the first half, and he consistently tracked back to sweep up loose balls when required. He did become sloppy in possession though in the second half with several cheap giveaways.
Apostolos Stamatelopoulos - 6.5
I feel his best position is upfront and he is wasted out wide, but the ex-Adelaide man did grow into the game in the second half. It was his inventive one-two with Prso that won the equalising penalty.
Ramy Najjarine - 5.5
The loanee almost got an assist with an inviting cross that found Jackson just before halftime, but the centre-backs effort was saved. If Najjarine is to take the next step as a young player he needs to start demanding the ball more and stamping his authority on games, because he has the quality to do it but he drifts in and out of matches too often.
Jason Hoffman - 6
On his return, the 32-year-old arguably should have scored after being played in one-on-one and rounding Liam Reddy. He combined well with Millar in the early stages, but his night was unfortunately cut short by another injury, meaning he had to be hooked at the break.
Roy O'Donovan - 7
The talisman almost set up Hoffman with a brilliant through ball in behind in the first half, but the winger failed to capitalise. He should have scored himself with a header from point-blank range, but it hit the post. O'Donovan did dispatch a crucial penalty for his side though, that ultimately gave them a point.
Valentino Yuel - 4
His goalless run seems to be destroying his confidence as he wasn't really involved, and Jason Geria was all over him like a rash in the second half.
Ali Abbas - N/A
Came on too late for a rating
Liam Reddy - 6.5
Made a good reaction stop to deny Jackson just before halftime, but had no chance with O'Donovan's penalty.
Jason Geria - 8.5
Geria was calm and made good decisions with the ball in the first half, and in the second half he was very solid defensively. He completely nullified the threat of Yuel and made a couple of critical headed clearances at the back post near the end.
Jonathan Aspropotamitis - 7.5
The ex-Wanderers man played safe in possession and took no chances, and in the second half he swept up many long balls played in behind.
Darryl Lachman - 8
The ex-Eredivisie defender carried the ball out of defence well in first half which gave Perth territory in Newcastle's half. He almost scored a brilliant opener at the start of second half after pushing forward and pulling a half volley just wide.
Kosuke Ota - 7.5
The Japanese fullback was consistently exploited by the combination of Millar and Hoffman in the first half, although he did win several aerial duels against the latter. He whipped in quite a few dangerous crosses too but unfortunately the likes of Fornaroli and Keogh didn't read them well, and on another night he might have had an assist or two.
Callum Timmins - 4
Didn't really see much of the youngster in the first half, and when he did get on the ball it wasn't in areas where he could have a real influence. He also picked up a silly yellow card in the second half.
Neil Kilkenny - 4
The experienced midfielder is struggling to dictate the tempo of matches like he used to, and he might be better served focusing on his own performances for now, instead of constantly criticising and directing his teammates.
Ciaran Bramwell - 7
Bramwell wasn't afraid to drive forward with the ball and attack space when it presented itself, and he showed decent vision with a couple of intelligent passes that opened Newcastle up.
Carlo Armiento - 3
Usually I don't like putting young players down, but the ex-Adelaide man was really poor tonight. He shirked defensive responsibility in the first half as Ota was consistently found isolated in 2v1 situations. His crossing lacked quality throughout the game and he was a little selfish at times in the second half by shooting when it wasn't on.
Bruno Fornaroli - 8.5
The Uruguayan was back to his best tonight, almost scoring a brilliant swerving long-range strike early on, before playing an excellent defence-splitting pass that paved the way for Perth's opener. Also played a few excellent cross-field passes to switch the play which opened the pitch up.
Andy Keogh - 5
Keogh was a passenger in the first half, and it was particularly poor that he was nowhere near many inviting balls into the area by Ota. He did do well to lift the ball across goal for Chianese to tap in just after the hour though.
Joel Chianese - 7
Made an incredible return to A-League action by scoring immediately off the bench with a back post tap in.
Brandon Wilson - 6
Didn't do anything of note after coming on, just kept things ticking over in midfield.
Chris Ikonomidis - 6
Whipped in a couple of inviting crosses to the back post during his cameo but was largely unsighted.