NEW signing Andrew Nabbout scored his third goal in three games as Newcastle Jets extended their pre-season winning streak with a 4-0 thrashing of Melbourne City in Ballarat on Sunday.
Nabbout, a 23-year-old right winger formerly with Melbourne Victory, opened the scoring with a powerful finish in the 16th minute.
It followed his goals in wins against NPL champions Edgeworth and Chinese side Kitchee SC.
Danish striker Morten Nodrstrand scored a double and Newcastle’s other goal came from schoolboy Kristian Brymora.
The Jets have now strung together five successive wins, three of which came on their pre-season tour of China.
Interim coach Clayton Zane, who has been at the helm since Scott Miller’s sacking two weeks ago, acknowledged City fielded a depleted team. He said Western Sydney Wanderers would provide a better gauge of Newcastle’s progress at Cessnock on Saturday.
Zane said Nabbout, who played 40 games for Victory over three seasons but only 11 in the starting line-up, was shaping as an asset for his new club.
“He’s super quick and he’s very powerful as well,’’ Zane said.
“Obviously he’s been an impact player at Melbourne Victory, so he’s got good pedigree. It’s been pleasing watching how he’s settled into the group. In the first half, he gave their left fullback a torrid time, and Andrew Hoole on the other side was quite influential as well.’’