NEWCASTLE Jets suffered their first home defeat of the season in a 2-1 loss to Melbourne City at McDonald Jones Stadium on Saturday night.
Newcastle led 1-0 but conceded a goal either side of half-time. They remain second, five points behind frontrunners Sydney FC, but are now only a point ahead of third-placed City.
The Jets had two wins and two draws from their previous four home games this season.
Newcastle opened the scoring in the 31st minute through in-form Andrew Nabbout, who picked up his fifth goal in the past five games.
City equalised 10 minutes later when Ross McCormack scored from the spot after Jets skipper Nigel Boogaard conceded a clumsy penalty.
The Jets were denied in the 65th minute when Dimi Petratos whipped in a cross and Nabbout’s volley was safely collected by City keeper Dean Bouzanis.
City replaced McCormack in the 76th minute with Tim Cahill in the hope the Socceroos legend could conjure a matchwinner.
City’s Manny Muscat scored the game-breaker in the 85th minute after a goalmouth scramble.