Taggart hat-trick earns coaches praise

"I am really pleased for Adam, he has worked hard in the off-season," coach Gary van Egmond said after the game.

Hunter Ports Newcastle Jets coach Gary van Egmond has heaped praise on Jets striker Adam Taggart after his standout performance in the team-s 3-1 win over Melbourne Heart on Sunday.

Taggart scored his first ever hat-trick in the A-League to help propel the Jets to their third consecutive victory, and undefeated in six games.

“I-m really pleased for Adam, he-s worked very hard physically in the off season and he-s always been one to look to score goals in youth competitions,” van Egmond said after the game.

"To make that transition from a promising youth player to a senior player is not always so easy, especially for strikers, and today he really took his chances well.”

The 20 year-old striker has been in scintillating touch scoring five goals in his last two matches and is now the competition-s leading goal scorer.

Van Egmond was impressed with the quality of Taggart-s finishing and how clinical he was against the Heart.

“What was so pleasing was they weren-t just easy goals, he-s getting more types of finishes, we saw last week with his left foot, he-s getting goals from outside the box now,” he said.

“He-s very good within the box with one touch finishing, he-s got a few other area to keep on improving but nice to see him developing.”

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