HUNGRY: The Jets celebrate Jeronimo Neumann’s goal.STAND-IN skipper Joel Griffiths is considering packing a satchel of mustard in his kit bag in an attempt to combat cramps.
But more wins is what the striker craves most after the Jets broke through for their maiden victory of the A-League campaign, upsetting Adelaide United 2-1 at Hunter Stadium on Friday.
‘‘We are even more hungry now,’’ Griffiths told the Herald on Sunday.
‘‘It hasn’t been the greatest start, but we now have the monkey off our back.
‘‘Hopefully we can get a couple more victories and creep into the top six. Every game there is pressure to get results and perform.’’
Griffiths was forced from the field due to cramps in his calf in the 78th minute with the Jets working feverishly to hold on to the lead.
But the veteran is confident both he and strike partner Edson Montano, who limped off with a suspected torn calf, will be fit for the road trip against Melbourne Victory on Saturday.
‘‘I have been doing research into why I am getting cramps,’’ Griffiths said. ‘‘I did the whole pre-season without any interruptions and think it might be linked to my diet.
‘‘I have read that mustard helps prevent cramps. NFL players eat satchels of mustard when they cramp up.
‘‘Most games I have been coming off after 70 minutes.
‘‘When you know you just can’t go any more, you may as well get some fresh legs on.
‘‘I’d love to play out the game, but you have to be smart. Edson didn’t look good when he was assisted off.
‘‘I asked him how it was at the recovery session on Saturday and he said, ‘No problem.’ He was walking on it fine.’’
The Jets switched from a back four to a back three with wing-backs providing extra defensive cover against Adelaide.
After conceding 10 goals in four games at home, the Jets were more organised and, although giving up possession in midfield, were harder to break down.
With regular captain Kew Jaliens (suspended) out for another week, Griffiths expects coach Phil Stubbins to adopt the same approach against the Victory.
‘‘Credit to Phil for having the courage to play with three at the back,’’ Griffiths said.
‘‘When you play that system, the left and right wingbacks are the key men.
‘‘If you don’t have players suited to playing there, the system doesn’t work.
‘‘James Virgili [right wingback] grabbed his opportunity with two hands, which was great to see.
‘‘Also Andrew Hoole, who probably didn’t have his best game, but athletically both can play those roles.’’
Griffiths was wary of a pacey Victory front three who would be ‘‘stinging’’ after a 1-0 loss to cross-town rivals Melbourne City.
‘‘They can hurt you from anywhere,’’ Griffiths said. ‘‘In particular [Kosta] Barbarouses is having his best season.
‘‘Hooley loves those challenges. You get in his ear early about who he is playing this week. You can tell he gets up for it. He and James are kids who always want to learn.
‘‘They listen no matter what bullshit I throw at them.’’
Although at opposite ends of the table this season, the Jets are one of a few teams to have a positive record against the Victory.
‘‘I don’t really buy into the statistics,’’ said Griffiths, who has scored six goals in six wins, four draws and two losses against the Victorians.
‘‘Every game is the same for me regardless of who we play.
‘‘This is the time to play them. They are coming off a loss and maybe there is a little bit of pressure on them.
‘‘They miss [suspended] Mark Milligan.
‘‘I love these challenges where you are the underdog.
‘‘With the grit we showed against Adelaide and having that monkey off the back, I’m really looking forward to these games where everyone writes us off.’’