Win showed good character

The Newcastle Jets battled sweltering conditions at Ausgrid Stadium to defeat Gold Coast United 3-2.

Playing their second game in four days, the Newcastle Jets battled sweltering conditions at Ausgrid Stadium on Wednesday night to win their first game since week 10, after defeating Gold Coast United 3-2.

Captaining the side in the absence of Jobe Wheelhouse, striker Ryan Griffiths had a big hand in last night-s victory, with the former Socceroo chipping the ball to Labinot Haliti who headed the ball into the net to finalise the score at 3-2.

“When Gold Coast scored their second goal I nearly busted a lung yelling at the back,” Griffiths said.

“I just thought to myself it is not going to happen but we bounced back straight away which showed good character by the boys."

The home game was important for the Jets and while the win showed improvements, Griffiths says there is still a lot of work to be done.

“The emphasis at training this week has been on doing you job and if you do your job right we will get results, and I think that is what happened,” he explained.

“We showed a lot more confidence against Gold Coast and that is only going to get better.

“I was happy with the work rate and effort shown by the boys and hopefully we can go to Melbourne do the same thing.”

The Jets now turn their attention to Melbourne Victory on Saturday at AAMI Park, playing their third game in seven days.