Never in doubt for David Carney

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After a disappointing loss against Sydney FC last Saturday, Newcastle returned to Hunter Stadium hoping to prove their worth as contenders in the 2015/16 Hyundai A-League.

Written off in the preseason, the Jets have seemed more determined than ever so far and secured a 1-0 win against reigning champions Melbourne Victory on Friday night.

Former Socceroo David Carney found the back of the net in the 75th minute with a sensational strike from outside the box, getting the Jets on the board and affirming the faith shown in him by coach Scott Miller.

Despite being in the firing line during last year’s turmoil, Carney has turned it around to demonstrate why he is still here.

“I never doubted my ability,” said Carney.

“I’ve been around the block a bit, I know how the A-League works and I know what I can do.

“It’s just basically having the coach to believe in me, and me getting the right training to go out there fully prepared.

“After the Gaffa (coach Scott Miller) came in I had a real sense that things would change, and I knuckled down and worked hard in preseason and I think the benefits are starting to show.”

Rookie coach Scott Miller also praised the reinvented Carney’s efforts during the game.

“I knew he would always produce, and he has,” said Miller.

“He thought it needed to be a massive year for him, and it’s looking that way.

“David’s one of the men that was here last year, and he’s moved on from it and his mentality and output in training every day has been fantastic.

“I’m expecting a lot from him.”

The home crowd was clearly ecstatic with the result after many abandoned support for the team in the chaos of last season.

Miller has expressed his desire to redeem the club in the eyes of the community, and is definitely headed in the right direction, securing the clubs first home win for the season.

“You could see the jubilation in their faces afterwards, it was astounding,” said Miller.

“And it was a nice feeling, don’t get me wrong, we were very close to it last week.”

While the squad is currently embracing their victory, Miller said it’s back to work on Monday.

“It’s very important that we actually recognise the achievement tonight and enjoy it.

“It’s not a Grand Final win; it’s a round three win and six points on the board.

“It’s very pleasing but we must move on and come Monday and be focused.”

The Jets now take on Melbourne City at AAMI Park on Friday.

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