Glory v Jets: What the coaches said

Perth Glory coach Dave Mitchell has highlighted Newcastle’s ‘desire’ and ‘commitment’ for Friday’s 2-0 loss to the Jets.

Perth Glory coach Dave Mitchell has highlighted Newcastle-s ‘desire- and ‘commitment- for Friday-s 2-0 loss to the Jets.

Here are the post match comments from both sides.

Perth Glory coach Dave Mitchell:

“They had their backs to the wall and they were very hungry.

“The first half we changed our shape a little bit and Newcastle looked a bit hungrier and I think the formation caused us some problems.

“But I think the desire and commitment from Newcastle was better than ours. We changed things around a little bit in the second half and I think we’ve dominated the second half without creating many clear cut chances.”

“It was always a bit of a concern with what has happened at the club (Newcastle). They are a pro club and it is disappointing for them so it was a concern (they would come out firing) and it happened.

“But I think the way we lined up contributed a little bit. But like I said the second half it was much better because we forced them back without creating too many chances – but I thought we were the better side in the second half.

“I think the Jets have been unlucky in a few of their games.

“They should have won against the Melbourne Heart here and a few of their away games, particularly in Adelaide they dominated quite a lot of the game and didn’t get the win so they are a dangerous side.

“So I think it was a combination of the way we lined up tonight and the desire and commitment from Newcastle.”

Newcastle Jets coach Branko Culina:

“I’m so pleased for the players, until you’ve been in a situation that the players have been under … you don’t realise what an effort it was over the last few weeks.

“I felt we haven’t been far away from getting a good result and to the players, thank you, but you deserve all the plaudits.”

Newcastle Jets midfielder Ruben Zadkovich:

“It’s been a long time coming.

“It means a lot to the team, it means a lot to the fans as well and a lot to the club because we’ve been in a difficult time at the moment and the boys have stuck together.”