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Newcastle upset Adelaide 2-1 in A-League

Dutchman Kew Jaliens and Adam Taggart scored as Newcastle Jets upset Adelaide United 2-1 on Saturday to bank their first A-League victory of the season.

Jaliens' first-half strike, and an ice-cool chip from Taggart in the second, delivered a precious away triumph which extended Adelaide's winless streak to four games.

The Jets survived a late Red rally after Fabio Ferreira netted in the 71st minute at Adelaide's Coopers Stadium.

The 35-year-old Jaliens, who has played for his country 13 times, opened the scoring in a free-flowing fixture.

A Jacob Burns corner found teammate Scott Neville, whose on-target header was instinctively blocked on the goal-line by Adelaide defender Michael Zullo.

But Zullo's leg-block rebounded straight to an unmarked Jaliens, who accepted a gift with a left-footer from three metres out.

The goal came amid sustained shakiness in defence from the Reds, still with just a season-opening win and a draw to their credit this season.

Adelaide defenders Tarek Elrich and Nigel Boogard both were forced to make goal-line clearances while Taggart also blew a golden chance when unable to make solid contact with a close-range header.

But Taggart made amends in the 52nd minute when the Jets expertly exploited Adelaide's tardiness.

Home-town substitute Steven Lustica was stripped of the ball in midfield by Jet Andrew Hoole, who played Taggart into space and with an angled run at goal.

With Adelaide goalkeeper Eugene Galekovic charging, Taggart calmly chipped over the Reds' captain for a classy goal which stunned the parochial 10,244-strong crowd.

Taggart was subbed in the 70th minute to give marquee signing Emile Heskey his first run of the season after overcoming a knee injury.

But Heskey's arrival was met a minute later by a goal by Adelaide's Ferreria, who drifted on to a precise back-post cross from Jeronimo Neumann and scored with a header.

The Reds pressed for an equaliser, with Jeronimo and Ferreira coming close, but their cause was hindered by Nigel Boogard being red-carded for a harsh tackle on Heskey some six minutes from fulltime.

It was the fifth time Boogard has received a straight red card, equalling the all-time league record of new Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat.

Newcastle Jets coach Gary van Egmond had been under early-season pressure, but said the win was a confidence booster.

"There is always going to be pressure on the coach to get results, that is just synonymous with the gig," he said.

"But I am so pleased for the players, they have worked awfully hard and they deserve all the credit."

Adelaide United coach Josep Gombau said his players failed to follow instructions.

"We don't play the football that we are training (for) ... it is a problem," Gombau said.

"I'm unhappy with the result, unhappy we lose at home, unhappy with the way that we play."

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