The Wanderers halted their trek towards the Top 6 with a game in Brisbane they figuratively failed to turn up for, being easily defeated 3-1 by the Roar.
Brisbane started strongly and took the lead 4 minutes into the game with an absolute scramble on the penatly spot. After launching in a free kick the ball dropped to the floor and within a tangle of legs, the Wanderers defence couldn't get it clear and it fell to Scott McDonald and he turned and swept the ball past the dive of Daniel Lopar.
The Roar were all over the visiting side and nearly doubled the advantage in the 20th minute. Jack Hingert turned inside onto his left foot and hit a hard strike that Lopar pushed away, and off the rebound the Roar reacted quickest, the cutback found Muratovic and thankfully for the Wanderers, he completely mucked up what would have been a tap-in.
Western Sydney finally had their first shot on target in the 35th minute, Pirmin Schwegler took matters into his own hands striding forward into the Roar penalty area, played it to Simon Cox who laid it off for a strike on target for Duke, it fell straight into the arms of Jamie Young.
McDonald scored a second after some abysmal defence from the Wanderers. A cross in front the left flanked found McDonald whose forward run wasn't picked up, and he made no mistake with a 6 yard tap in. Initial hopes that he was offside were denied by a VAR intervention that gave the goal the all clear. It was nearly 3-0 shortly before half-time, Jay O'Shea smacked the bottom of the goal post with a long range free kick.
The start of the second half was better for the Wanderers, and they managed to pull a goal back in the 53rd minute. Mitch Duke was released down the left wing, he made a 40 yard run, beat Jack Hingert with a neat cut inside, and fired a low shot that deceived Young and saw the Roar keeper wrong footed and beaten.
Matt Jurman, having spent the entire game with his head in the clouds, finally cost his team decisively in the 70th minute. Brisbane counter-attacked after the Wanderers lost the ball, Jurman ended up facing Brad Inman a long way from goal, Jurman waited until the attacking player was inside the penalty area before a dismal, lazy attempt at a tackle that was so poor it could appear intended to give away a penalty. He missed the ball completely, upending Inman to send Jay O'Shea to the penalty spot, which he duly converted for 3-1.
The Wanderers pathetic night ended without troubling the Roar defence again after the goal, Patrick Ziegler compounded the poor display by getting a yellow card that sees him suspended for next week. The Wanderers are now 3 points behind 6th place Adelaide, and with matches against Wellington, Melbourne City, Sydney FC and Perth Glory all coming up in the last 7 rounds, this defeat may have crushed any hopes of a finals berth, and perhaps the chances of Wanderers interim coach Jean-Paul de Marigny taking the job permanently.
The Wanderers next game is against Melbourne City on Saturday March 14 at AAMI Park.