Newcastle Jets 2 Adelaide United 0
Putitng on a show: Joel Griffiths. Photo: Getty Images
Now the wait.
The Newcastle Jets lived up to their end of the bargain to overpower Adelaide United 2-0 at Hunter Stadium last night to keep their A-League play-off hopes alive.
The win moved the Jets to 36 points, alongside sixth-placed Sydney, who host Perth Glory on Sunday.
Bruce Djite of Adelaide contests the ball with Josh Mitchell of the Jets. Photo: Getty Images
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For the Jets to leapfrog them into the six, they need the Sky Blues to go down by two goals to the West Australians.
At the very least it has piled pressure on the Sydneysiders.
Joel Griffiths may have been overshadowed by Adam Taggart since the 2007 Golden Boot winner returned to the club in January, but he produced when it mattered.
Needing a positive start, Griffiths put the Jets ahead in the 21st minute when he made a powerful run to the front post and headed home a David Carney cross.
Taggart sealed the win in the final minute of regulation time to increase his tally to 16 and wrap up the Golden Boot.
The striker, who is expected to be named in the Socceroos squad for the friendly against South Africa on May 25, could easily have had a hat-trick.
He fluffed a chance with an open net in the 47th minute, and then missed a header from point blank range in the 66th.
It was a night that could, and probably should, have been much more fruitful for the home side.
Eugene Galekovic made a miraculous double save to twice deny substitute Nick Ward and made a number of other crucial stops.
At the other end Ben Kennedy was also strong.
Adelaide stay in fourth but could drop to fifth if Melbourne Victory trump Wellington Phoenix.
Ater announcing his retirement midweek, veteran Michael Bridges played the final 10 minutes and left his mark with a header leading to Taggart's clincher.