A passionate half-time team talk from Jets boss Scott Miller inspired the visitors’ incredible second half comeback against Melbourne City, according to skipper Nigel Boogaard.
Melbourne City dominated proceedings in the opening stanza with goals to Aaron Mooy and Stefan Mauk handing them a comfortable 2-0 advantage heading into the break.
But a reinvigorated Jets outfit turned things around in the second period with Milos Trifunovic’s brace inspiring the visitors to a remarkable 3-2 win over a shell-shocked City.
“Yeah it’s good, obviously to come back from 2-0 down at half-time,” Boogaard told ABC Grandstand post match.
“The gaffer gave us a rocket at half-time and the boys responded, that’s the pleasing thing.
“We went in there (the sheds) knowing that it wasn’t good enough in the first half and things needed to change.
“The gaffer just said it was up to us. We could feel sorry for ourselves and cop more goals… or we could go out there and take it to them.”
Boogaard admitted the Jets played into City’s hands in the opening 45 minutes and believes a change in mentality was the key to his side turning it around in the second half.
“We came here giving them a little bit too much respect. They’re a good team but I think we sat off and probably gave them too much respect,” he said.
“Second half we took the game to them. It was quality, the boys got stuck in, we were clinical and towards the end when we went up we were able to grind out the last 10 minutes.
“It’s disappointing that it took us to go two goals behind before we actually picked the intensity and play football.
“That’s something that needs to be rectified but at the end of the day to come back from 2-0 down away from home against these boys, it’s a big feat by the boys.”
The Jets sit atop of the Hyundai A-League for at least 24 hours and will enjoy back-to-back home matches against the Wanderers and Mariners over the next fortnight.