February 15, 2013
Heskey helps Jets to victory
#INSERT type:image caption:Newcastle Jets return to the top six after the victory END#Goals from Emile Heskey and Ryan Griffiths helped the Newcastle Jets leap back into the A-League top six with a 2-0 win over Melbourne Heart at Hunter Stadium.
Jets coach Gary van Egmond paired Heskey and Michael Bridges for the first time this season, starting the former Premier League players in behind Socceroo Adam Taggart and the tactical change paid off as Newcastle looked much more dangerous in front of goal as they outplayed the Heart for the majority of the contest.
Heskey opened the scoring in the 10th minute with a wonderful strike before Griffiths sealed the win with a smart goal 10 minutes from the final whistle.
Heart striker Eli Babalj threatened every time he got the ball, rattling the post in the 25th minute but for the most part, the visitors were forced to attack on the counter.
The Jets dictated play from the outset and went ahead courtesy of a thundering effort from Heskey.
Griffiths played an intelligent ball into the box for the former England international who slammed a right-foot strike from 15 metres out that squeezed under Heart goalkeeper Andrew Redmayne and into the net.
And the hosts made sure of the points late on when Taggart played in Griffiths who streaked into the box before lobbing a shot over Redmayne for his ninth goal of the season.
|Newcastle Jets||Melbourne Heart|
|20 Mark Birighitti||20 Andrew Redmayne|
|14 Taylor Regan||4 Simon Colosimo|
|5 Dominik Ritter||21 Jamie Coyne|
|13 Samuel Gallaway||6 Patrick Gerhart|
|7 Zenon Caravella||11 Richard Garcia|
|8 Ruben Zadkovich||8 Matt Thompson|
|19 Michael Bridges||22 Nick Kalmar|
|12 Joshua Brillante||13 Jonatan Germano|
|9 Emile Heskey||25 Jeremy Walker|
|23 Ryan Griffiths||15 David Williams|
|22 Adam Taggart||36 Eli Babalj|
|1 Ben Kennedy||Clint Bolton 1|
|25 Mitch Cooper||Marcel Meeuwis 16|
|15 Craig Goodwin||Fred 5|
|17 James Virgili||Golgol Mebrahtu 14|
|Mitch Cooper for Michael Bridges (67)||Fred for Nick Kalmar (57)|
|James Virgili for Emile Heskey (75)||Marcel Meeuwis for Jonatan Germano (62)|
|Craig Goodwin for Zenon Caravella (86)||Golgol Mebrahtu for David Williams (79)|
|Samuel Gallaway (17)||Jonatan Germano (19)|
|Eli Babalj (25)|
|Richard Garcia (56)|
|Patrick Gerhart (85)|
|· Squads: Newcastle Jets | Melbourne Heart|