Victory run over Jets

Some Carlos Hernandez magic has helped Melbourne come from behind to register a 3-1 win over the Newcastle Jets in their Round 11 A-League fixture at EnergyAustralia Stadium on Sunday.

Some Carlos Hernandez magic has helped Melbourne come from behind to register a 3-1 win over the Newcastle Jets in their Round 11 A-League fixture at EnergyAustralia Stadium on Sunday.

The Costa Rican international showed his class to lead a Victory revival after Labinot Haliti had deservedly put the Jets ahead in the 22nd minute.

Hernandez displayed great vision to put Archie Thompson clear for the equaliser just after the hour mark before unleashing a vicious 35-yard strike that cannoned off the crossbar for Tom Pondlejak to pounce on and poke home Melbourne's second goal in the 79th minute.

Hernandez completed a great match when he grabbed a goal of his own six minutes from full time to seal the victory.

Melbourne coach Ernie Merrick praised Hernandez after the match.

"Carlos was outstanding today," Merrick said. "He had a hand in every goal. He set up Archie for the first goal and then Tommy's one and then he scored one himself ... outstanding."

The game started at a hectic pace with former Victory midfielder Kaz Patafta unleashing a fierce 25-yard shot that forced a good save from Melbourne goalkeeper Glen Moss in just the third minute of play.

Newcastle skipper Matt Thompson earned an early yellow card in the fourth minute for a jarring tackle on Hernandez while Melbourne midfielder Matthew Kemp was shown yellow for an equally tough tackle on Jin-Hyung Song just a few moments later.

Newcastle took the lead in the 22nd minute when left back Tarek Elrich cut through the midfield before sliding a sublime through ball for Haliti who chipped over an advancing Moss from 15 yards.

Newcastle looked to have doubled the advantage a few moments later when Ben Kantarovski slotted home from three yards out after Nikolai Topor-Stanley had headed on Patafta's deflected free kick.

However, the linesman called the young defender offside and the score remained 1-0.

Melbourne worked its way back into the match after the break.

Ney Fabiano was replaced by Mate Dugandzic who played wide on the right with Pondlejak wide on the left and Hernandez in behind Archie Thompson, who was up front as a lone striker.

The move seemed to give Hernandez more time on the ball and it was his foresight that led to the equaliser in the 61st minute.

He launched a pinpoint free kick from inside his own half over the top for Archie Thompson to outpace three defenders and audaciously lob a shot over Kennedy in the Newcastle goal.

Haliti almost put Newcastle back in front just moments later when substitute Ali Abbas broke away down the left flank before crossing to Michael Bridges in the middle of the area.

His shot was blocked by Rody Vargas but Haliti pounced to volley a shot that was parried away by Moss.

Haliti went close again soon after when his header came off the post after a beautiful cross from Elrich.

Melbourne wrestled back momentum and took the lead after Hernandez unleashed a thunderbolt from 35 yards out.

Kennedy tipped the shot onto the crossbar but Pondlejak was first to the ball and he slotted home to give the visitors the lead in the 79th minute.

The Victory completed a great comeback when Dugandzic latched onto some lazy work from the Newcastle defence.

He squared to Archie Thompson who found Hernandez in acres of space on the left flank.

Hernandez ran the ball into the penalty area before calmly slotting the ball between the legs of Kennedy to seal the win.

Disappointed Newcastle coach Branko Culina thought his side played well but was undone by the class of Hernandez and Thompson.

"We completely outplay a team ... let's face it how many shots did they have on goal compared to us? But Melbourne is a very good side," he said.

"They play good football and they have some great individuals who can take advantage of that."

Newcastle Jets 1(Haliti 22) Melbourne Victory 3(Thompson 61, Pondlejak 80, Hernandez 84)