They say the sign of a great team is that it can win games while playing poorly and turn one or no points into three.

Performing against adversity with few resources to spare is the feat that Newcastle Jets are currently pulling off following hard fought wins against Perth Glory and Adelaide United.

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Their injury list this season has been extensive with Wayne Brown, Daniel Georgievski, Roy O’Donovan, Ronny Vargas, Jack Duncan, Jason Hoffman and Nick Cowburn all spending time on the treatment table.

Of course Newcastle aren’t the only side with injury problems but the way they’ve ridden the bumps to sit second by four points is a testament to their resolve.

Coach Ernie Merrick was not beating around the bush following a controversial penalty decision that gave them the win on Saturday and no doubt knew how much they’ve been riding their luck lately.

“Some you win, some you lose,” he said. “The referee says a penalty then they go upstairs and check with the VAR and they say penalty, so it’s a penalty.”

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There will be more tests to come for the stretched squad with O’Donovan out for 5-6 weeks and Vargas not expected to be fit until March, but help could soon be on the way.

“We’re certainly looking to replace a couple of the boys who are injured in January but we haven’t got anyone over the line yet – but we’re close,” Merrick said.

“It will be an overseas player but they might not necessarily be a foreigner. It could be an Aussie playing overseas without giving too much away I hope.”

Winning ugly is not a sustainable way of performing going forward and Merrick didn’t hold back when condemning his side for a poor first half performance.

“I wouldn’t say we were a little bit subdued in the first half,” Merrick said. “I’d say we were a big bit subdued.

“Our passing was very poor, we didn’t have enough players up front running behind defenders giving a forward option.”

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The second half was more satisfying for Merrick who was more than happy with the result against a close rival on the ladder.

“Tonight was almost a six point game with Adelaide fourth and us second. With Sydney and us winning the top two teams are breaking away a bit from the rest,” he said.

All that’s needed now is for Novocastrians to realise just how good this Jets side is and come along to support the team.

Just over 8,000 have turned up for the Jets’ last three home games and for a side that have been so poor for so long it’s time for the performances on the field to be matched by support in the stands.

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