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Newcastle Jets coach Craig Deans has lambasted his side after a horror first half against red-hot Adelaide United, declaring the 4-0 halftime scoreline ‘embarrassing for the club’.

Sunday was meant to be a famous night for the club, hosting the first-ever A-League double header.

But it quickly became memorable for all the wrong reasons as the defence collapsed in a first-half rout.

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Newcastle coach Craig Dean told Fox Sports at halftime: “Well look it’s unacceptable, it’s embarrassing for the football club. We have a lot of work to do. There’s no time to sulk or feel sorry for ourselves, we need to get on the pitch and make amends for the first half. Not good enough.”

Asked about his double-substitution during the break, he said: “Well we need to score four goals minimum. So we bring some creative players on and see what we can do.”

It took just five minutes for the visitors to open the scoring, as veteran Newcastle captain Nigel Boogard gifted possession to Reds youngster Kusini Yengi to score his second goal in two games.

Things got worse in the eleventh minute when Adelaide’s Craig Goodwin got behind the defence and crossed into the box for captain Stefan Mauk to poke home from six yards.

Soon afterwards Jets defender Johnny Koutroumbis was forced from the field with injury in another blow for the struggling Hunter side.

Ben Halloran made it three when Spanish veteran Javi Lopez teed him up with a perfect cross to the back post. And Goodwin got his name on the scoresheet two minutes before the break from the penalty spot, after Yengi was brought down in the box with a clumsy tackle.

That made it a horrible four-goal deficit at the half, and led to Dean’s bitter swipe at his woefully-underperforming side.

Things got worse when Boogard copped a yellow card and then was forced from the field with injury in the first ten minutes of the second half.

The Jets found the crossbar just before the hour mark through fullback Lachlan Miller after he was teed up by dynamic forward Valentino Yuel. And finally they found the net through Apostolos Stamatelopoulos – a former Reds junior – in the 69th minute.

But a comeback never looked likely, and Adelaide held on to seal the 4-1 win, their fifth consecutive victory for the first time in five years. Craig Deans said it was “way too little too late”.

The match was highlighted by one hilarious moment, when Yengi was fouled – and then exaggerated the incident by rolling on and on. It earned him a yellow card for simulation, and his coach Carl Vaert gave him a talking-to when he was substituted from the field.

The comprehensive victory wasn’t the only cause for celebration for Adelaide United on Sunday, with the W-League team breaking the competition’s record for a stand-alone regular season game – and claiming victory – in a stellar performance in South Australia.

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