Brisbane coach Mike Mulvey has denied that Newcastle are their bogey team despite again suffering a shock loss to the Jets on Sunday.
What bogey team?
Statistics may say otherwise but Brisbane Roar coach Mike Mulvey denied Newcastle had a hold over them after the Jets claimed an upset 1-0 win over the A-League ladder leaders at Suncorp Stadium on Sunday.
A contentious 59th minute Adam Taggart penalty goal ensured the Jets – which had not won in their last seven starts – are now unbeaten in five straight games against Brisbane, a streak that includes three consecutive victories.
Remarkably, Newcastle have lost just twice in 13 games at Suncorp Stadium.
But Mulvey dismissed the notion that they were Newcastle’s bunny.
“There’s no hold they have over us, they are not a bogey team,” he said.
“We are our own bogey team. We had some decent chances.”
Instead of Brisbane embracing a chance to extend their ladder lead to 10 points over Western Sydney, the Jets rekindled their top six finals chances.
Newcastle (8th; 23 points) get another golden chance to move up the standings when they tackle Sydney FC (6th: 25 pts) next round.
The Jets completed a clean sweep of three victories in a season against Brisbane – only the third time in Roar’s history that a rival team had been able to pull off the feat.
And it snapped a four-game unbeaten run by Brisbane, who still lead the table seven points clear of the Wanderers.
New Jets coach Clayton Zane savoured his first win in just his fourth game at the helm – but the Newcastle mentor believed it had achieved so much more.
Asked if the win could turn their season around, Zane said: “I hope so.
“It’s good to get that one out of the way and not look at that stat (no wins) any more.
“That result is a big one for their belief.
“Hopefully we can take a big step forward now and believe the six is a definite possibility and not what seemed a distant hope a week ago.”
Both sides had their chances but the deadlock was broken when Japanese referee Takuto Okabe – on an exchange program – pointed to the spot after ruling Shane Stefanutto had fouled Josh Brillante.
Taggart struck truly to all but silence the 13,066-strong Roar faithful.
Zane would not be drawn on the dubious penalty but believed his luckless side were due a change of fortune.
“It’s a tough one. Coaches sometimes get the rub of the green and sometimes they don’t,” he said.
“But we have had some big decisions go against us which I can’t always fathom.
“You need a bit of luck sometimes but I would need to see another replay (of Sunday’s penalty).”