A-League: Dimi Petratos backs travelling Jets in Adelaide ATTACKING WEAPON: Jets player Dimi Petratos after scoring against Adelaide at home last season. Newcastle, coming off a 2-1 loss to the Phoenix in Wellington on the weekend, travel to meet United in round two of the A-League on Friday night. Petratos opened his goal account in the season opener. Picture: AAP
TweetFacebook Dimi Petratos Only once did the Newcastle Jets lose consecutive games last season and thatrun of three was started with a 5-2 thumping in Adelaide.
The 2017-18 A-League grand finalists now return to Coopers Stadium thisFriday night on the back of a first-up 2-1defeatto the Phoenixin Wellington.
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But despitealmost 6000-kilometres worth of travelling inside the space of a week,Jets star Dimi Petratos remains confident Newcastle can not only turnaround thislatest result but buck the recent trend in South .
The Jets have only won four matches in Adelaide since 2005 and scored justfour goals in their last seven visits to United’s home ground.
“I don’t think it’s in theboys minds, no one has brought anything like that up,” Petratos said after training at Ray Watt Oval on Thursday morning.
“We’ve had a very positive two sessions this week plus the recovery. It’s timeto changethings Iguess and get a win over there.”
Petratos, who scored a match-winning penalty against Adelaide in the 89thminute at home on December 16, opened his 2018-19 account on Sunday with a late consolation goal in New Zealand.
After hammering home the injury-time chance with his right foot the 25-year-old Socceroos representative subtly pointed to his neck as a shout out to Jets teammate JohnnyKoutroumbis, who is sidelined with stage one Thyroid cancer.
“Whoever scored was going to do it and Ihappened to score,” Petratos said.
“I just did it for Johnny. It [the cancer diagnosis]happened out of nowhere for most of the boys here [at the Jets]. So it was just a little somethingto him.
“Aspeedy recovery to him and we wish him all the best.”
Petratos, who earlier this month re-signed with the Jets until the end of 2021-22,found the back of the net for the 30thtime in his 152-game A-League career.
All-up in round one the attacking weaponhad fiveshots andmade 11 crosses, both ranked third in the league.
This helped indicate the style of play Newcastle want to continue after a much-improved campaign under coach Ernie Merrick, who is now undergoing his second season at the helm.
“We are going to continue to play the same way as we did last year,” Petratos said.
“I think we had some good passages ofplay in Wellington. We’vejust got to build on that.
“It was the first game of the season and itwould have been good to get the win, but now we move on from that and focus on the next game and the games after that.”
Petratos has welcomed the return of injured midfielder Ben Kantarovski, who has been nursing hamstring and calfniggles during the pre-season, to the Jets squad.
“He [Kantarovski] is a very physical player and he’sgot a lotof experience so it’sgood have him backfrom injury,” Petratos said.
Newcastle, who travelled to Adelaide from Sydney on Thursday afternoon, are otherwise unchanged.