March 22, 2015 13:29:36 UK
Newcastle Jets coach Phil Stubbins felt justice was done as his side were denied a goal by a linesman’s howler before they secured a 2-1 away win against Western Sydney Wanderers.
The victory was only the Jets’ second of the season, and their first away from home, and took them above their rivals in the battle to avoid the wooden spoon.
Newcastle are 4.20 to win their next match against Adelaide United, who are 1.75, with the draw 3.50.
Imports Enver Alivodic and Lee Ki-Je scored in the first half to put the visitors 2-0 up at the break, before Nick Kalmar’s free-kick on 51 minute gave Wanderers hope.
The margin should have been three at half-time, though, as Edson Montano was denied what was clearly a legitimate goal just after the half-hour mark.
Andrew Hoole raced clear to reach a hopeful long ball forward and defender Sam Gallaway failed to cut out his ball across the face of goal to leave Montano able to tap home into an empty net. Assistant referee Sarah Ho flagged for offside, though, despite Montano being at least five metres onside when the ball was played across.
Stubbins was horrified by the decision and at the time felt it was the latest in a series of moments in the season that had gone against his side.
“To have to witness that one was a hard one to bear,” he said. “I’m just thankful it had no bearing on the end result. It was a decision that was obviously going to cause some angst.”
The Jets coach added: “I’m just ecstatic for the group. As a young bunch of boys in the changeroom it was a great experience for them. To run the game out like we did, I think we showed some maturity towards the end of the game as well which is good.”
Alivodic scored his first goal for the club after Wanderers keeper Ante Covic charged outside his area but failed to reach the ball to leave the Serbian able to score easily.
Lee rifled the ball past Covic on the stroke of half-time to double the lead, with Kalmar replying when he struck a superb free-kick over the wall from 25 yards.
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