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Dec, 1, 2012

Two sent off in Roar's win over Newcastle

Referee Brenton Hayward was booed off Suncorp Stadium as Brisbane rebounded from a dramatic week to beat their A-League bogey side Newcastle 1-0 in spirited clash on Saturday night.

Sections of the 12,546 crowd heckled and booed Hayward as he walked from the field at halftime, minutes after showing Brisbane star Thomas Broich and Jets central defender Josh Mitchell red cards.

The flare-up came five minutes after Brisbane striker Besart Berisha converted a penalty to give the Roar a 1-0 lead they would never relinquish.

Mitchell, who had already picked up a yellow card, collided with Broich as they competed for a ball, shoving the German to the ground.

Broich jumped to his feet to confront Mitchell as players from both sides raced from all parts of the ground to join the 43rd minute melee.

Lanky Roar midfielder Erik Paartalu appeared lucky to escape with just a yellow card after running into Mitchell, both sides headed for the sheds reduced to 10 men.

"I didn't see it live," Vidosic said of the incident.

"I saw it on the highlights. There was absolutely nothing in it."

Brisbane's much-needed win ended a tough week in which Paartalu was critical of his coach Rado Vidosic for comments he made after their loss to Central Coast last weekend.

The two-time champions also took the field without their skipper Matt Smith and experienced defender Ivan Franjic, the pair heading to Hong Kong on Friday for Socceroos duty.

The game should have been over in the 68th but striker Henrique inexplicably duffed a sitter following some excellent lead up work by Jack Hingert.

With a goal at his mercy, Henrique's limp attempt gave Jets keeper Matt Nash just enough time to scramble across the face of goal and smother the shot.

Despite winning the last two championships, Brisbane have been Newcastle's A-League bunnies.

In 10 clashes the Jets had won seven and drawn two, losing only once, four years ago.

Until the 1-0 loss, Newcastle coach Gary Van Egmond had enjoyed a 5-1 domination over Brisbane.

Teenage James Donachie was impressive in his first start at the back for Brisbane while another youngster James Meyer looked strong after Vidosic reshuffled his troops at halftime.

Vidosic said in a TV interview immediately after the game that the referee had admitted to players he had made a mistake.

But at the official post match press conference, when asked who the referee admitted making a mistake too, he snapped "it doesn't matter."

"We're all human, we all make mistakes.

"I think the referee admitted that he made a mistake. I don't think he should be punished, I think he should be encouraged to referee his next game."

The match review panel will look at the incident from which Broich was shown a red card for violent conduct, but it is likely the German star will be cleared to play against Western Sydney next week.

Newcastle coach Gary van Egmond used the game stats to sum up his views.

"Brisbane made 13 fouls, we made 12 fouls," van Egmond said when asked about the 43rd minute send-offs.

"We got seven yellow cards, with Josh Mitchell that was eight yellow cards.

"They didn't get one yellow card, I'm going to leave it at that."

Vidosic also played down suggestions Mitch Nichols was overlooked for the game following rumours the pair clashed before the Sydney FC game last month.

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