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Roar coach takes heart from Jets draw

Interim Brisbane Roar boss Darren Davies says his players will take confidence from the 2-2 draw with Newcastle, heading into their match with Perth Glory.

Roar coach takes heart from Jets draw

Interim Brisbane Roar boss Darren Davies says his players will take confidence from the 2-2 draw with Newcastle, heading into their match with Perth Glory.

DARREN DAVIES coach of the Brisbane Roar during the A-League match between the Newcastle Jets and the Brisbane Roar at McDonald Jones Stadium on in Newcastle, Australia.
DARREN DAVIES coach of the Brisbane Roar during the A-League match between the Newcastle Jets and the Brisbane Roar at McDonald Jones Stadium on in Newcastle, Australia. Picture:Photo by Tony Feder/Getty Images

Brisbane interim coach Darren Davies is confident a hard-fought 2-2 away draw with Newcastle will provide a much-needed lift for his players ahead of their clash with A-League competition leaders Perth on Sunday.

The second-last Roar avoided a club record sixth consecutive loss thanks to goals from Adam Taggart (65th minute) and Eric Bautheac (87th), and two desperate first-half saves from goalkeeper Jamie Young at McDonald Jones Stadium on Wednesday night.


Taggart's lunge to knock in a cross from Connor O'Toole helped ease the pain of a penalty miss late in the 2-1 loss to Sydney in their previous game, the first since the resignation of Roar coach John Aloisi.

Assistant Davies was pleased to see Taggart bounce back and score his seventh goal for the season, which left him second behind Sydney's Adam Le Fondre on the goalscoring chart.

"Obviously he continued to work hard and he continued to run, to fight and he got his just rewards in the end," Davies said.

Dimi Petratos put the hosts ahead on five minutes with a composed finish after jumping on a wayward pass in defence. Roy O'Donovan put the Jets back in front in the 67th minute from a goal-mouth scramble before Bautheac's late header.

Brisbane moved to seven points from 11 games with the draw and host Glory at 7pm on Sunday at Suncorp Stadium.

They have had just one home game, a 4-2 loss to Victory, in their past six matches.

Davies said his players showed "tremendous spirit" and there were "so many positives" from the Newcastle result.

"I'm sure it will give the boys a lift," Davies said.

"We deserved something in Sydney, we deserved something this evening. So that's two big performances. We only got one result out of it, probably deserved two, and we move forward to Perth."

The draw was another frustrating night for the Jets, who dominated chances and should have been more than one goal up at half-time. They lost 2-1 to Adelaide at home on Sunday courtesy of a stoppage-time penalty.

Second in both trophy races last season, Newcastle are seventh with 12 points from 11 games and next take on Melbourne City at AAMI Park on Sunday at 5pm.

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