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Jets stun Roar with 3-2 A-League comeback

NZN 7/01/2017 Vince Rugari

A late strike from Morten Nordstrand has sealed the Newcastle Jets a 3-2 upset A-League victory over Brisbane Roar.

In an action-packed contest at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday in which the lead changed hands three times, it appeared a draw was looming after an 82nd-minute penalty from striker Jamie Maclaren pulled Brisbane level.

But Danish import Nordstrand popped up just two minutes later to drive a dagger through the Roar's hearts, standing his ground and firing from close range after an aerial contest with goalkeeper Michael Theo, who was yellow-carded for protesting the incident afterwards.

It was no less than what the Jets deserved after delivering one of the biggest shocks of the A-League season so far, and the Roar's first defeat at home in 12 months.

"A lot of mixed emotions. It's a difficult place to come. To win like that in the end, I'll take it, I'm happy," coach Mark Jones said.

"We just needed to be patient. I was disappointed we did concede two goals but knew if we were patient, we'd always score.

"I think we can break any team down at the moment."

Tommy Oar's first goal for Brisbane in more than seven years opened the scores after just 15 minutes, and they looked comfortable 1-0 up.

But the Jets struck back right on the stroke of half-time, as Andrew Hoole dribbled his way through a flat-footed Roar defence and found the top corner with a rocket from 20 metres, stunning the crowd of 14,470.

Then in the 72nd minute, Newcastle's other winger Andrew Nabbout made it 2-1, heading in a cross from fullback Jason Hoffman that caught a slight deflection off Jade North's head along the way.

Brisbane thought they'd done enough to salvage at least a point when Maclaren scored his seventh goal of the season from the spot, after Nigel Boogaard brought down Jack Hingert in the penalty box with a clumsy challenge.

However, Nordstrand had the final say, pushing the Jets back into the top six and leaving the Roar in danger of losing touch with breakaway ladder leaders Sydney FC.

Brisbane coach John Aloisi said he thought Theo might have been fouled when the winner was scored but admitted complacency cost his side in the end.

"I'm just disappointed because we went 1-0 up and it looked like we were just cruising, instead of really going for it," he said.

"We took our foot off the pedal because we found it easy, and that's not good."

The Roar meet second-placed Melbourne Victory next week at AAMI Park, while Newcastle are at home to Perth Glory.

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