NO Emile Heskey, no worries for the Newcastle Jets.
The Jets proved they can win without their star striker, producing one of their best performances of the season to beat Brisbane Roar 1-0 at Hunter Stadium on Saturday night and kick-start their A-League campaign.
The imposing former England front man had scored in all five of the Jets previous wins. When he succumbed to a strained hip flexor on match morning, a day after celebrating his 35th birthday, there were doubts over how the Jets would respond. But they didn't miss a beat.
Ryan Griffiths shifted to point of the attack and provided the match winner, dinking a shot over Michael Theo in the 47th minute after a sublime back heel from James Brown.
The Jets dominated much of the match and could have won by more. But it took desperate late defending inside the six yard box to seal three points.
After a three-week spell out of the top six, the win moved the Jets to 20 points and above Perth into fifth place.
It was their second straight clean sheet, following a scoreless draw with Adelaide a week ago, and it has now been 244 minutes since they last conceded - a 26th minute penalty to Josip Tadic in a 2-1 loss to Melbourne Heart at AAMI Park in round 14.
The defeat was the Roar's ninth of the campaign and leaves then on 17 points, their championship defence seemingly in tatters.
With Heskey out, Jets coach Gary van Egmond moved Griffiths from the wing to the lead the line and also handed an A-League debut to home-grown teenager Andrew Hoole.
The Broadmeadow Magic junior was the youth team's player of the year last season and has been training full-time with the senior squad for the past month. He came in at right back despite normal first choice Scott Neville having recovered from a hamstring strain.
Roar coach Mike Mulvey promoted James Donachie and Nick Fitzgerald.