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Burns brace as Jets beat Victory

By AAP .
8 December 2013 07:21PM EST

NEWCASTLE Jets found a new route to goal and a way to win against Melbourne Victory, flying to third on the A-League table with a 2-1 win.

Goals from winger Nathan Burns - his first in the A-League in more than six years - either side of a James Troisi goal gave the Jets the points over Victory at AAMI Park.

By defending in numbers Newcastle were able to frustrate Victory, who without forward Archie Thompson still found themselves in dangerous positions but without a lethal finish.

As coach Kevin Muscat's angst from the touchline became more evident, Burns struck to ensure Victory's half-time team talk would be all the more vicious.

League leading scorer Adam Taggart turned provider to flick on a Scott Gallaway pass to the path of Burns, who beat Nathan Coe with a low shot at the near post.

Muscat's words must have sparked Victory into action, with the Jets' lead gone within five minutes.

A flowing Victory move ended with Connor Pain playing in Troisi, who struck between the legs of Mark Birighitti to equalise.

It looked a matter of when, not if, they would take the lead but Victory were taken by surprise when Burns scored again on the break.

Mark Milligan's last ditch clearance from the feet of fellow captain Ruben Zadkovich went straight to Burns, who sidefooted inside Coe's back post.

At the other end, substitute Gui Finkler helped fashion two chances for Troisi in a minute but Victory came up short.

The only blemish on an otherwise successful away day for the Jets was an injury to full-back Scott Neville.

Neville endured a torrid day, first being laid out by teammate Kew Jaliens' knee, then being stretchered off with a twisted knee of his own before half-time.

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