Jets ride luck in Perth to steal three points

SCRAMBLE: Roy O’Donovan (left) and Mitch Nichols battle for possession during the Jets’ come-from-behind 2-1 win at nib Stadium on Saturday. Pictures: AAP Images HAPPY DAYS: John Koutroumbis celebrates after scoring his first A-League goal on Saturday night.
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COACH Ernie Merrick labelled the Jets come-from-behind 2-1 win over Perth as “theft”.

The moment Johnny Koutroumbis found the equaliser, on our way to a come-from-behind win in Perth! pic.twitter南京夜网/9likHBWRBD

— NEWCASTLE JETS FC ✈️ (@NewcastleJetsFC) December 10, 2017TweetFacebookNEW 1st goal offside and foul on fullback. Boys on VAR must have clocked off and gone to bar. I think Ray Charles maybe would have picked those TWO things up Looking forward to clarification from gents at FFA. Ref was lovely chap to try and chat to at end of game full of banter😪 pic.twitter南京夜网/gbogp74yhm

— Kenny Lowe (@kennylowe10) December 10, 2017

After a lacklustre opening hour, the introduction of Roy O’Donovan and Koutroumbissprung the Jets to life.

O’Donovan, playing his first game back from a groin injury, was involved in both goals.

It was his header which Koutroumbis put away for the equaliser. The Irishman also got a touch on the Petratos corner whichWalker directed into his own goal.

“Johnny did well,” Boogaard said. “He was in the game from the minute he got on and had an impact.Having Roy in the game drew attention to him and he had a hand in both goals.It’s good to see that we do have that depth and can bring quality off the bench. The first half wasn’t good enough. We were off the pace and they seemed to be winning every second ball.”

Perth coach Kenny Lowe could not believe his side lost and later vented his frustration on social media.

“1st goal offside and foul on fullback” Lowe posted. “Boys on VAR must have clocked off and gone to bar. I think Ray Charles maybe would have picked those TWO things up Looking forward to clarification from gents at FFA.”

The Jets now have back-to-back home games against Adelaide and Western Sydney to close out the year.

“We are in good shape and have a couple of home games to capitalise on the position that we are in,” Boogaard said. “Come the new year, if you can hit the ground running and win some games, it puts you in good stead. Hopefully, we can keep ahead of thechasing pack.”

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