BRISBANE Roar forfeited their chance to go top of the A-League table after Newcastle Jets overcame a one goal deficit, a missed penalty and red card to secure a memorable 2-1 win at a wet Hunter Stadium on Sunday.
A first-half goal to Roar's Luke Brattan and a second half brace to Adam Taggart delivered the visitors a shock loss away from home.
But the win was tempered after Jets defender Kew Jaliens was issued a straight red on 88' for using some choice words to dispute a call.
The result could have been even better for the Jets, who won a penalty on 62' after a handball in the box by Jade North.
Nathan Burns, who hadn't scored in six years, stepped up to the spot but his shot ricocheted off the crossbar much to the disbelief of the small crowd who had braved the wet conditions.
The match was a high-tempo war of attrition, with the rain pouring down and the players flying in, the cards were coming thick and fast from referee Matthew Gillett.
The Roar were missing five of their first XI, including goal machine Besart Berisha to injury and Matt McKay and Ivan Franjic to Socceroos duty, but it didn't stop them taking the lead.
On 31' Brattan notched up just his second A-League goal when Jets goalkeeper Mark Birighitti put his side in all sorts with a poor punched clearance into the danger zone.
Brattan's low drive skidded off the wet surface through a sea of legs, deflecting twice before cannoning into the back of the net.
It looked like a mountain to climb for the Jets, but the home side emerged from the sheds with real purpose and on 51' were back on level-pegging.
A cheap turnover by Brattan and Taggart was away, hassling Roar skipper Matt Smith into an error and then chipping the ball over a diving Theo to bring up 1-1.
The conditions played their part for Taggart's second when a square ball stopped dead, allowing the on-rushing player to work it past defender James Donachie and fire a belter into the top left corner on 74'.
The result sees the Jets surge up to equal third on the ladder with Perth Glory while Roar remain two points adrift of league leaders, Wanderers.
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