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Suspensions leave Newcastle Jets depleted for F3 derby clash with Mariners

PENALISED: Jets skipper Nigel Boogaard collected his fifth yellow card. Picture: Getty Images
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JETS coach Mark Jones believes Friday night’s costly1-0 loss to Adelaide at Hindmarsh Stadium could have been better handled by referee Kurt Arms.

FLASHPOINT: Newcastle’s Wayne Brown reacted angrily to a dubious challenge on teammate Ma Leilei.

In a sometimes-fiery encounter, eight players were booked –four from each team.

For three of the four Jets to transgress –skipper Nigel Boogaard and overseas imports Wayne Brown and Ma Leilei –it was their fifth yellow card of the campaign, incurring automatic one-game suspensions. Their absence will leave Jones with a depleted line-up for Sunday’s derby clash with Central Coast at McDonald Jones Stadium, which is shaping as crucial for the finals aspirations of both teams.

RUBBED OUT: Newcastle’s Chinese import Ma Leilei will serve a one-game suspension.

Friday’s game erupted in the 76thminute after a tackle by Adelaide’s Riley McGree on Newcastle’s Ma Leilei sparked a melee.

Jets substitute Wayne Brown immediately rushed in to remonstrate with McGree, earning a yellow card. Leilei had earlier been booked for a similarly reckless challenge on Adelaide’s Jae-sung Kim.

Boogaard’s booking came when he conceded a penalty for impeding Adelaide’s Tarek Elrich, which Marcelo Carrusca clinically converted from the spot.

Jones suggestedat the post-match press conference that Arms should have exerted his authority earlier in proceedings.

“I think the intent was there right from the very start on Adelaide’s behalf,’’ he said.

“I think things probably should have been pulled up earlier and then perhaps there would have been less of it. Things are black and white, and if it’s a foul it’s a foul, whether it’s the first minute or the 91stminute, it’s a foul. If it’s a yellow card, it’s a yellow card. There’sno room to be able to let some things go and other things not.

“Inconsistency is probablythe most frustrating part …I think there were some bad fouls that deserved a yellow card, but I’m not the referee.’’

Jones also queried Arms’ decision to award the game-changing penalty.

“It’s dubious whether or not it was a penalty…I’m not sure that would be given many times,’’ he said.

The result left Newcastle three points adrift of the top six with seven regular-season games to play.

“I’m disappointed not to have won the game, but we have to go back and beat Central Coast now,’’ Jones said.

“It’s a long way from over.’’

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