Western Sydney have remained in touch with the league leaders as they managed a 1-0 win over Newcastle Jets at Hunter Stadium on Saturday night.
It was a tight match between the two sides who were looking to show their title credentials and keep the pressure on Brisbane, stopping them running away with the league.
The heat made it a tough opening period and may have contributed to a brain lapse from Jets keeper Mark Birighitti, who was lucky to stay on the field after he ran out of his box and picked up a through ball, escaping with just a yellow card.
On the half hour mark Western Sydney broke through for the opener as Shinji Ono sent a cross to the far post for Labinot Haliti who was able to head the ball down for Mark Bridge to slam home, with two former Jets players combining to haunt their former club.
Bridge could well have made it two as he was left wide open at the far post but his shot bounced back off of the crossbar, allowing Newcastle to clear, keeping it 1-0 at the break.
The Jets looked to change things early in the second half, with two changes early before a third change later in the half that was also attacking.
It was one of those substitutes who nearly scored with his first touch of the ball as Craig Goodwin was put through by Ben Kantarovski and shot in his stride, only to send it wide of the target.
Adam Taggart looked to provide another goal for his team as he sent in a ball in to the box before Nikolai Topor-Stanley was able to clear the ball away.
Newcastle looked to push for a goal throughout the second half but were easily held off by the Wanderers defense as they held on for a 1-0 win.