Newcastle Jets coach Phil Stubbins says his side won back some pride following their heartbreaking last-minute loss to Brisbane Roar at Hunter Stadium on Friday night.
Following a 7-0 capitulation at the hands of Adelaide United a fortnight ago, a much-improved Jets were on course for a hard-earned point against the Roar before conceding from a Thomas Broich free-kick in stoppage time.
“I think from last week’s performance into this one, there’s a massive improvement there,” Stubbins said.
“It seems to be the story of our campaign to date but I think the boys put in a solid shift.
“We got some pride back, a bit of redemption there and we were very unfortunate there to lose it in the way that we did.
“The staff, playing group and everyone on board that’s gone through the last two weeks deserves a pat on the back,” he said.
Jets defender Allen Welsh came on as a substitute moments before Broich’s free-kick and with his first touch inadvertently knocked the ball into his own net.
Stubbins remained philosophical about the late substitution but insisted his young defender was not culpable for the goal.
“We were sort of committed to the substitution, sometimes Murphy’s law kicks in and that’s what happens,” Stubbins said.
“It was very unfortunate for Allen there but there’s no blame attached to him at all.
“We win, draw or lose as a team, collectively it was a big effort from everybody.”
Jets winger Andrew Hoole was a bright spark for the hosts, with his speed and directness continually causing headaches for the Roar back four.
“He was probably our most effective front player. He seemed to be able to elude his marker and he got into some really advantageous positions for us,” Stubbins said.
“In terms of his performance tonight, it was probably his most effective. He’s grown and he’s matured, and it’s a credit to him that he was able to that. I think he had a very good game.”
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