The Western Sydney Wanderers were the architects of their own demise tonight, gifting the Roar two goals in a 2-1 away loss in Brisbane.
Jack Clisby was the first offender, he managed to contort his body in such a fashion that he managed to hit a clearance from a Daniel Bowles cross right back across goal into the path of Jamie Maclaren, and the ball rebounded into the path of Brandon Borello for a simple tap-in to open the score in the 22nd minute.
Western Sydney finally managed to take a shot in anger and miraculously, it was Jumpei Kusukami who actually took a shot and scored. Mitch Nichols attacked the right flank and found the Japanese midfielder with a short pass, and he made no mistake with a bullet across Theo into the bottom corner.
Scott Neville shot his side in the foot with 10 minutes to go, with an utterly stupid attempt at a diving tackle on a player running the ball out of play, getting a second yellow and being given his marching orders.
Brisbane substitute Brett Holman took advantage of acres of space in defence deep into stoppage time, taking a long range effort on that should have been comfortably saved by Janjetovic. Despite a number of good saves in the 90 minutes, it was the last 30 seconds that killed his new club. The shot had some power, but was aimed straight at him, but like he's done numerous times before, he spilled the ball behind him and wasn't able to scramble quickly enough to keep it out.
The loss has the Wanderers stuck in the bottom 4 and with the Asian Champions League looming quickly, it looks like the Wanderers will get even worse as travel & the amount of games per week mount.
In the next 3 games the Wanderers face Wellington, Mariners & Sydney FC. I expect at least 7 points out of these 3 matches, and if not, the position of Tony Popovic and his cadre of hand picked staff should be reconsidered so any new manager will have enough time to assemble a new outfit and get a full pre-season under their belt.