Instead of preparing for the ACL, Newcastle seem to be imploding.
Newcastle brought Antun Kovacic for Mark Milligan late in the game. His only action was to jump into the A-League's number one striker, Shane Smeltz, without looking for the ball. Amazing no yellow card. Smeltz scored a penalty then went off injuryed. This is the second time he seems to have got away with deviant behaviour - the first after a youth league game in a Brisbane hotel.
Kovacic played in two games for Melbourne Victory in season 3. He doesn't seem like the sought of player that is going to take Newcastle to the ACL final. Von Eggmond was the best coach in the A-League last year, this year the players club management have been prepared to buy have caught up with him.