CRAIG Deans has never doubted the character of the Jets’ W-League side.
It was their self-belief and form in front of goal which needed improving.
The Jets delivered on all fronts in a stunning come-from-behind 3-1 win over high-flyers Perth Glory at No.2 Sportsground on Saturday.
Matildas superstar Sam Kerr produced a trademark header to put the Glory ahead in the 34th minute.
But second-half goals to Arin Wright (57th minute), Tara Andrews (64rd) and substitute Cortnee Vine (92nd) sealed one of the Jets’ best victories in their W-League history.
“Since I have been coaching the W-League team, there has not been one game where I have questioned their character,” Deans said. “Early in the piece, I questioned their mentality and ability to win tight games. Last year, we broke that a little bit and again we showed it tonight. At times, we played really good football. If we had sharpened up our finishing, we could have made it a bit more comfortable.”
For almost an hour, it looked being another frustrating night for the Jets.
Although without captain Emily Van Egmond and American imports Katie Stengel and Taylor Smith, the Jets dominated but couldn’t find a killer blow.
Finally, it came in the 57th minute thanks to a spectacular strike from Wright.
The American collected the ball near the centre circle, dribbled towards the edge of the box and unleashed a 20-metre bullet which buried in the right corner.
Five minutes later, the Jets were in front. The ball fell to Andrews in the box and the midfielder hit a powerful strike which pinballed off the legs of keeper Eliza Campbell and a Glory defender and into the net.
Vine then iced the win in injury time with a well-taken goal.
“We just needed to be patient,” Deans said. “We hadn’t won for a while so you start to doubt yourself a little bit as a player. I just wanted to make sure they didn’t do that. First half we played well and second half we played really well.”
Wright, Andrews, captain Gema Simon and keeper Britt Eckerstrom were outstanding for the Jets, who were given a standing ovation by the 1876 strong crowd.
The win was the Jets’ first in six games and moved them to 10 points, five adrift of fourth-placed Sydney FC with three rounds remaining.
“We have three games to go and we want to win all three,” Deans said. “We will keep being aggressive and attacking.”