Newcastle Jets coach Phil Stubbins has labelled his side’s performance against Brisbane Roar as “embarrassing” after copping a 4-0 thrashing at the hands of the reigning Hyundai A-League champions at Hunter Stadium on Friday night.
After a dour first half the Roar clicked into gear in the second stanza with substitute Henrique netting a well-taken hat-trick to confine the Jets to a fourth loss in six matches.
“It was a terrible performance, we struggled to keep the ball. I don’t think we strung three or four passes together there,” Stubbins said.
“I think there’s a lot of questions that we need to ask each other, myself included. But certainly a very hard 90 minutes to get through from my own point of view. We need to ask where we are going with things.
“Credit to Brisbane Roar, they played a great brand of football and there was only really one team in it from start to finish tonight.”
Stubbins was at a loss to explain the Jets’ woeful performance especially after achieving a positive result against competition favourites Melbourne Victory last weekend.
“I don’t really have any explanations at this point. I sat here last week and we were pretty buoyed by the efforts of the boys and I said we need to at least match that against Brisbane Roar. I think we were 100% the opposite tonight,” he said.
“We’re supposed to have the spirit and everything else associated to Newcastle Jets. That was missing from the get-go tonight.
“There was players out there (and) just looking at them felt as though it was a training run. There was no intensity, no effort, no communication. All the things we’ve tried to work on just went out the window.”
The local fans vented their frustration at the Jets’ insipid performance at full time and Stubbins admitted the criticism was warranted.
“It was embarrassing to be honest. I was certainly embarrassed by the way that we took to the play. It didn’t look as though we had any belief in ourselves,” he said.
“I’ve never been involved in a game like that before. The supporters in the way they vented their frustrations they had every right to do that. We were poor from start to finish.
“The quality is one thing. The effort, endeavour and approach in your mindset is another. I certainly wasn’t proud to be associated with how the troops went about their business.”