Sport Football Jets face nervous wait for finals berth

Jets face nervous wait for finals berth

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Now they wait.

The Newcastle Jets kept the door to the A-League finals open with a 2-0 win over Adelaide at Hunter Stadium on Friday.

The victory brought them level on points with sixth-placed Sydney FC, with only goal difference separating them.

Now they face an agonising wait until Sunday when they need the Sky Blues to lose by a margin of two goals to lowly Perth to snatch the final playoff spot.

Joel Griffiths opened the scoring for the Jets, with young gun Adam Taggart netting his 16th goal of the season in the final minute of the match to all but assure the golden boot.

Were it not for a brilliant display from Reds keeper Eugene Galekovic, they could scored more.

“We could have got that third goal and really piled the pressure on to Sydney but already now there’s going to be that element of doubt in the back of their minds,” Jets coach Clayton Zane said,

“The job’s half done because we’re relying on another result and we shouldn’t have put ourselves in that position but we could only do what we set out to do tonight.”

The Jets may very well have played their final game this season but Zane insists it will be business as usual until they’re ruled out for sure.

“We’ll continue to prepare like we’re sill in it,” he said.

“We’ll back up and do recovery and we’ll continue training regardless.

“Our mind set is that we’re still in it until proven otherwise.”

Zane, who took over as interim coach after Gary van Egmond was sacked mid-season, has always expressed a desire to keep the top job next season.

A finals berth would no doubt boost his claims, with the club set to discuss his future in the coming weeks.

Former Central Coast coach Graham Arnold has also been linked to the Jets after parting ways with his J-League side this week.

“We’ll sit down at the end and I’ll support the club with whatever choice they make,” Zane said.

“But it’s something I definitely want to do again and if it’s next year, great.”