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Topor-Stanley will fight back against Ulsan - van Egmond

Newcastle Jets coach Gary van Egmond says defender Nikolai Topor-Stanley will bounce back from his poor display in the club's Asian Champion League opener last week.

The Socceroos representative apologised for his less than acceptable performance against Beijing Guoan last Tuesday and van Egmond has assured him of a start tomorrow night at EnergyAustralia Stadium.

"I am definitely backing him. I don't care what others say. They are entitled to an opinion but I believe he will be a good player for the Newcastle Jets over the next two years," said van Egmond.

"His first half was not great. He lost confidence but I thought he did better in the second half.

"He's been very apologetic about the whole thing but he realises he can't dive in and must stay on his feet. Also part of the problem was the lack of understanding and when to cover with the back three.

"Nikolai is a winner. He'll be a different player on Tuesday."

Andrew Slevison
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