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Australian Football: Proud Papas salutes Jets

Newcastle Jets coach Arthur Papas spoke of his pride in his players as they fought out a 2-1 win over Melbourne Victory on Saturday.

The Jets are priced at 6/4 to finish in the top six of the A-League and picked up a massive three points courtesy of the win over Tony Popovic’s side.

Brave fightback

The Jets had to show plenty of courage to pick up the win as they fell behind on the stroke of half-time when Jake Brimmer scored a fine individual goal.

But Papas' men were far from done with Valentino Yuel levelling matters in the 57th minute before Beka Mikeltadze grabbed the winner from the penalty spot 20 minutes from time.

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There was a touch of controversy about the winner with Victory boss Tony Popovic claiming it was never a penalty after Brendan Hamill and Olivier Boumal collided.

Popovic also felt his captain Josh Brillante should not have been sent off after picking up his second yellow card of the game in the 48th minute.

But the Jets were happy to grab any luck that may have fallen their way to pick up a crucial win after a tough few weeks.

Up to eighth

The win moved the Jets up to eighth place on the ladder and Papas revealed his pride when he addressed the media after the game.

"I'm extremely pleased with the players and staff," he told reporters. "It hasn't been easy returning since the long layoff and coming here is always very difficult,

"(I'm) really proud of the playing group for the performance and the grit that they needed to show at times."

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