Newcastle’s Adam Taggart has scored twice in the Jets’ 2-1 round six A-League win over Brisbane Roar.
Newcastle coach Gary van Egmond paid tribute to the steely resolve of his players as they snatched a 2-1 A-League win over Brisbane at Hunter Stadium on Sunday.
In atrocious conditions, Adam Taggart led the way for the home side with goals in the 51st and 74th minute after the Roar led early through a Luke Brattan strike.
The Roar dominated the first half and Newcastle could not even manage a single shot on goal.
But that all changed after the break when, in driving rain and on a sodden pitch, the Jets first equalised after Nathan Burns released Taggart with a through ball.
Newcastle then went ahead after a James Donachie error at the back allowed Taggart time and space to fire home a left-footed winner before he ripped off his shirt in celebration in front of 7,692 hearty fans.
The result could have been more heavily in the Jets’ favour but Burns missed a penalty after a Jade North handball in the box.
The win was the Jets’ second of the season, and one van Egmond said they thoroughly deserved against an under-strength Roar in the round-six fixture.
“It’s never easy to play against Brisbane, they are always a tough opposition and we had to show some real resolve to get ourselves back into the game after we missed that penalty,” van Egmond said.
“We showed a good strong mental resolve out there.
“In the first half we really didn’t have enough composure and in the second half we turned that around and probably did that to them.
“We have to understand they weren’t at full strength though and the challenge for us now is to make sure we are consistent.”
Van Egmond said he felt his side dealt with the challenging conditions better than their opposition to force the win.
But van Egmond’s counterpart Mike Mulvey said his side gifted both goals to the Jets and the win.
“It’s a difficult one. It is one that got away from us to be honest,” Roar coach Mulvey said.
“I still can’t believe we lost that game.
“Obviously 1-0 up isn’t comfortable but I felt we were in control at halftime. Then 10 minutes later we gift them a goal and then a crazy second goal.
“What hurts is that we were the architects of our own downfall.
“It was our mistakes that cost us both of those goals.”
The Jets’ win was soured somewhat when defender Kew Jaliens was given a red card in the dying minutes for dissent.