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Australian Football: Papas hails Jets character after Roar win

Newcastle Jets coach Arthur Papas has saluted the character of his players after they bounced back from disappointment at the weekend to beat Brisbane Roar 2-1 on Thursday night.

The Jets are priced at 2/1 to finish in the top six of the A-League and gave their chances a boost thanks to a big three points against the Roar.

Fixture pile-up

The Jets are facing a hectic fixture schedule after being unable to play a game in six weeks but Papas says they will look to embrace the situation and grow from it.

And he took plenty of heart from the way they rebounded from a last-gasp defeat against Adelaide United last start to beat Brisbane.

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Papas now hopes they can continue to show the same character as they face another five games in quick succession.

"We work extremely hard on the field and that's not going to change, so we're actually going to embrace it because we can grow from that kind of challenge," Papas said.

"To back up today is testament to the group and the belief that they've got in each other and what we're trying to do.

"I'm just really happy for the boys that they get to get a reward because that was a bitter pill to swallow on Sunday night considering how good the performance was.

"Then you probably don't play as well (against Brisbane) but you show different qualities, qualities that you need in terms of the resilience to come back from a setback, to deal with the (short) turnaround."

Thurgate praise

Young midfielder Angus Thurgate turned out to be the match-winner against Brisbane and Papas is in no doubt he has a star of the future on his hands.

"Gus is the type of player that hasn't hit anywhere near his ceiling yet and I'm hopeful he keeps working hard and really realises how far he can go in the game," Papas added.

"Today, he's been able to impact the game at the end in a very positive manner, but it's about how you back it up consistently and I believe he's got a lot of goals in his game."

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