Our Jets returned home to the Newcastle faithful and secured a terrific three points with a 6-1 demolition of Perth.
Our side was clinical in front of goal in their return and managed to find the back of the net for the first time since our 2-nil victory over Sydney FC – six times! The win keeps us in touch with the top six as our charge to the finals continues.
Here are the major talking points from our win over the Glory.
Our Georgian Gun was absolutely lethal in front of goal, netting three goals for our side in a man of the match performance.
Mikeltadze was on fire, complimenting his hat-trick of goals by keeping a shot accuracy of 80%. The lively striker became the sixth Jets man to score a hat-trick and proved a handful and a half for the Perth defence.
Jets fans were elated to see our main man up front back to his best, and the return of Daniel Penha was a huge contributor to the terrific match.
Our attacking ace will look to back up his red-hot performance when we take on Melbourne Victory next Saturday.
BIG TEAM EFFORT
It’s been a tough couple of weeks since for our Jets with back-to-back away matches, but tonight the team stepped up together to seal a crucial three points.
Having been held to a disappointing nil-all draw on the road against Perth in the reverse fixture, as well as a 2-nil loss to Brisbane last weekend, a win tonight was absolutely crucial in the context of our season and the team pulled themselves together to make it happen.
We had four different goal-providers over the night with Matt Jurman, Brandon Wilson, Valentino Yuel and Dane Ingham all grabbing an assist. We registered 10 shots on target, created eight big chances, completed 86% of our passes and won 55 duels across the field.
This one was a true team effort.
INTO THE RECORD BOOKS
Tonight’s win was a spectacle for Newcastle fans, as we recorded our biggest win so far this season and hit Perth for six on home soil.
Our side returned to McDonald Jones Stadium in style, and launched themselves into the record books by equalling the record for biggest ever home victory.
Tonight’s 6-1 drubbing of the Glory also broke our club record for most goals scored at home, which was five goals that we mustered against Wellington in 2014-15 prior to this evening.
The win was also the club’s biggest ever victory over Glory, as we ran out a five-goal margin and broke the previous record which of 4-0 back in 2011.