Inman strikes again as Roar beat Wanderers
Brad Inman's second goal in two matches has propelled Brisbane Roar to their first away win in more than 10 months.
Inman's second-half cracker proved the difference as the Roar fought back from a goal down to beat Western Sydney Wanderers 2-1 at Bankwest Stadium and start the new year on the right note.
It was just Brisbane's third win of the season and their first road victory since beating Central Coast Mariners 5-3 on February 22 last year.
But Inman's winner wasn't without its controversy.
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The goal came when the Wanderers were down to 10 men, with German defender Patrick Ziegler was off getting a cut on his lip bandaged after being on the receiving end of an elbow from Brisbane substitute Roy O'Donovan that earned the Irishman a yellow card.
Wanderers coach Markus Babbel was left frustrated and fuming.
"I don't understand this rule," Babbel said.
"You get hurt, it was a foul, the player get a yellow card, our player has to get off the field, and then we concede the second goal.
"If someone is bleeding he has to get off the field, now we have to find out why it took it so long (for Ziegler to be allowed back on the pitch)."
But there was no doubting the quality of the strike from Inman, who after combining with impressive teenager Mirza Muratovic, let fly with a first-time strike that was too good for Wanderers goalkeeper Daniel Lopar.
The goal delighted Roar coach Robbie Fowler, who had challenged Inman to back-up his impressive effort off the bench - which included a goal - in Brisbane's 1-1 weekend draw with Newcastle.
"Brad was sensational again," Fowler told Fox Sports.
"He's a player who I wish had the belief (in himself the way) I believe in him. On his day he can be anything he wants, he really can."
Earlier, the Roar scored a first-half goal for the first time this season when defender Scott Neville headed home a Jay O'Shea corner in the 20th minute.
The goal came after the Wanderers had gone ahead in just the fifth minute.
German midfielder Nicolai Muller was the provider, getter the better of O'Shea before cutting the ball back into the path of unmarked Wanderers skipper Mitch Duke, who guided the ball home.
"It doesn't matter when you score," Fowler said.
"It would be nice to get an early goal and again we made it hard for ourselves by coming from behind."
The Wanderers wanted a penalty in the 38th minute after a Mohamed Adam shot struck the hand Roar skipper Tom Aldred. But referee Alex King waved play on, and there was no VAR intervention.
BRISBANE ROAR 2 (Scott Neville 21m, Bradden Inman 61m) WESTERN SYDNEY WANDERERS 1 (Mitchell Duke 5m) at Bankwest Stadium. Crowd: 11,482. Referee: Alex King.