ON THE MOVE: Midfielder Wayne Brown charges clear of Roar defender Thomas Kristensen in the Jets’ 1-0 win over a plucky Brisbane at McDonald Jones Stadium on Friday night. Picture: Darren Pateman (AAP)l JASON Hoffman continued to revel in his secondlife as a strikerto help steer the Newcastle Jets to a hard-fought 1-0 win over the Brisbane Roar at McDonald Jones Stadium on Friday night.
The 28-year-old, who made his debut as an attacker a decade ago but has played the majority of his 171 games atright fullback, scored what proved the decisive goal in the 11th minute.
MATCH-WINNER: Jason Hoffman celebrates after scoring in the Jets 1-0 win on Friday. Picture: Jonathan Carroll.
Had Hoffman’s teammateshad their shooting boots on, the Jets could have won in a canter.
Instead, it took some desperate defending and sharp goalkeeping from Glen Moss to secure all three points.
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Young was kept busy and produced tworeflexefforts to parry away a Dimi Petratos-bullet and equally venomous shot from Nabbout.
At the other end Moss, didn’t have to make a save, with the Roar restricted tolong-range attempts.
Roar coach John Aloisi wielded the axe and made five changes to the side thumped 3-0 by Sydney FC.
In contrast,Merrick made one change from the 2-0 win over the Mariners. He resistedthe temptation to promote Argentinian Pato Rodriguez, who scored off the bench in the derby win, and brought in Devante Clut in place of Olyroo Joe Champness.
The Jets lacked their normal zip against the Mariners, but they were quick out of the blocks on Friday.
Nabbout threatened twice early before Hoffman opened their account in the 11th minute with a beautifully-worked goal.
The home side, displaying the pace and power which has propelled them to second place, caused the visitors problems down both flanks.
Rodriguez was introduced for Clut at half time and slippedtwo defenders with his first run.
“Every time Pato go the ball he was sensational,” Merrick said.
“There was a two footed tackle which I thought was disgraceful. He was nailed properly.”
Thomas Kristensen rugby tackled theArgentinian the second time he received the ball and earneda yellow card. The winger’s third involvement nearlyproduce a goal with Daniel Georgievski crunching a volley which was tipped over the bar by Young.