Unbeaten Newcastle Jets coach Gary van Egmond admits the football gods are smiling on his A-League club after its dramatic 2-1 victory over Adelaide United on Friday.
Newcastle swept back into finals contention with its third-straight win, courtesy of some divine intervention from defender Jade North and a heavenly goal from midfield magician Nick Carle.
North saved the Jets from defeat after using his hand to deny Adelaide's Shengqing Qu goal-bound winner in the 85th minute.
North received a red card for his professional foul and will miss next weekend's NSW derby with Sydney FC.
But it was a small price to pay as he earned the Jets a valuable three points after Carl Veart missed the penalty attempt and Carle delivered arguably the best individual goal in the short history of the A-League.
"It was a magnificent individual goal, which obviously will be shown time and time again," van Egmond said of Carle's dazzling 65-metre run-and-shoot effort which lifted the Jets to the edge of the top four just three weeks after sitting dead last.
"I thought there was no way Carl would miss the penalty. I thought he'd score and I thought it would be a travesty of justice, as far as the game was concerned.
"But the football gods were smiling on us, he must of thought `no, it's not fair that result', and we ended up getting the three points."
Van Egmond is undefeated as a coach in the A-League with Newcastle winning its three games under the former Socceroo following the sacking of Nick Theodorakopoulos.
The Jets failed to crack a win under Theodorakopoulos over the opening seven rounds and during the six-match pre-season.
Carle said of his stunner, his first goal in the competition in over a year: "I don't score many goals, or many good ones, so I'm really happy with the timing of it. The crowd went crazy. It was an unbelievable rush."
Adelaide coach John Kosmina did not want to dwell too long on the North's professional foul which cost his side the game.
"I think the referees used to be able to award a goal for deliberate hand-ball. I don't know, but look we had our chances to score before that," said Kosmina.
"We made enough opportunities to score enough goals to win the game, and finish it off before it even got to that stage.
"But you've got to give the guys credit for coming back like they did because we copped a bit of a pasting in that first half. To come out and play like we did in the second, was really good."