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Newcastle use home advantage to overcome league leaders

The Newcastle Jets scored a late goal to conquer the Melbourne Victory at EnergyAustralia Stadium over the weekend. Debutant Marko Jesic provided the winner in the 85th minute to give the Jets their first home win of the season as the Victory had yet another player sent off. Archie Thompson was handed a straight red card in the 58th minute for dissent in a match that offered plenty of attacking forays and shots on target but delivered only one goal. The Jets were determined to get a win after the Victory demolished them 5-0 earlier this season and it was a fantastic effort by the team to play controlled, disciplined football and move within striking distance of the top four. On the other hand, Melbourne Victory were once again undisciplined, a factor coach Ernie Merrick says needs to be addressed. Speaking to the league's official website, Merrick said, "The players have been told the referees are going to enforce strict discipline on dissent and I guess the assumption is always made if they're swearing, and it's in the vicinity of the referee, it's directed at the referee. "Newcastle pressured us really well and that's annoying but that's tough; the boys have to get used to that and get on with the game. There are no excuses for dissent but there was definitely a bit of frustration there." The Jets meet the Central Coast Mariners next week in a massive game between fourth and fifth as the Victory will relish being back on the big stage at the Telstra Dome against rivals Sydney FC.

Andrew Slevison
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