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Australian Football: Reds strike late to go third

Adelaide United coach Carl Veart hailed the fighting spirit in his side after they grabbed yet another late goal to snatch a 2-1 win against the Newcastle Jets on Sunday.

The Reds are priced at 8/1 to win the 2021/22 A-Leagie grand final and are going well at the moment as they sit in third place on the ladder after picking up their third straight win.

Late goals

Adelaide have made a habit of scoring late goals this season. The winner against Newcastle was the 10th time they have scored after the 84th minute.

On this occasion substitute Mohamed Toure latched on to a cross from Craig Goodwin to guide the ball into the back of the net in the 88th minute.

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Veart says it is a brilliant habit to have picked up and long may it continue.

"The boys have a lot of belief and they keep fighting," Veart said. "And that showed again tonight, they scored another late goal, I don't know how many that is now; 10 late goals.

"It's becoming a bit of a habit, that's excellent, it's credit to the players to keep fighting."

Jets on top

Adelaide had taken the lead in the third minute of the game through George Blackwood before Angus Thurgate equalised on 65 minutes.

The Jets were the better side in the second half and Veart admits the early goal may have resulted in his players easing off the gas.

"Maybe we scored too early in that first half and we sort of just relaxed a little too much," Veart added. "In that second half we knew Newcastle were going to came at us because they need to start picking up points; we knew it was going to be a tough game."

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