Brisbane escape with point in Western Sydney

Western Sydney Wanderers (1) Kusukami 56’
Brisbane Roar (1) Maclaren 18’ (p.k)
11,201 at Spotless Stadium, Sydney

Brisbane Roar have escaped Western Sydney tonight with a point after picking up their third straight draw of the season with a 1-1 draw tonight with the Wanderers. Jamie Maclaren’s 18th minute penalty was cancelled out by Jumpei Kusukami’ first goal in the A-League.

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(Mark Kolbe/Getty Images AsiaPac)

Goals
18’ (0-1) After a heavy touch trying to control a cross from Arana on the right hand side, Jamie Maclaren was clumsily brought down by goalkeeper Jerrad Tyson and referee Adam Fielding pointed to the spot. Maclaren picked himself up and blasted his penalty straight down the middle to open the scoring. The penalty itself was one of those classic 50-50 calls which in this case

56’ (1-1) Western Sydney started the second half in the ascendency and were rewarded for their play when Jack Clisby and Nico Martinez combined down the left hand side, with the left back squaring the ball across the face of goal for Jumpei Kusukami to slot home from close range.

The opening stages of the saw both sides have their chances, firstly with Mitch Nichols’ header going straight at Theo before Manuel Arana linked up neatly with Holman, whose chance was denied by Tyson.

After spending the week in the headlines for off-field reasons Jamie Maclaren found himself in the headlines once again, with the striker winning and then converting a penalty to put Brisbane into the lead. The strike is Maclaren’s 8th in 5 A-League games against Western Sydney for the Roar and his 23rd goal for Brisbane in 33 appearances.

Western Sydney were able to get into the ascendency early in the second half and made their dominance pay off with an equaliser from Kusukami, and probably should won the game as Nico Martinez and Brendon Santalab both going extremely close to a winner.

The final chance of the game fell to Dimitri Petratos, whose free kick was turned past the post by Tyson in goal for the Wanderers.

For the second week in a row Brisbane can thank Michael Theo for coming away from the game with a point, with the five time A-League winner making a string of important saves off the likes of Martinez, Nichols, Jumpei and Santalab. All up Brisbane’s #1 made 10 saves on the night and has justified the faith shown in him by Aloisi after his run of injuries in recent years.

At the other end of the park, Manuel Arana made his first start for Brisbane and while he faded before being substituted after an hour, in the first half he showed signs that has plenty to offer in future weeks, especially the linkup play for the Holman chance early on. While it’s fair to suggest that he switched off on their goal by not tracking Clisby’s overlapping run there’s also others you can point at later in the move, and overall he added to the way Brisbane were trying to play with his direct style.

Brisbane Roar- Theo, Hingert, DeVere, North, Brown, Pepper, McKay, Holman, Arana, Broich, Maclaren.
Substitutions- Oar for Arana (63’), Petratos for Holman (73’).
Unused Substitutes- Young, Bowles, Konstandopoulos.
Yellow Cards- Pepper.
Red Cards- Nil.

Western Sydney Wanderers-  Tyson, Neville, Borda, Aspropotamitis, Clisby, Pinatares, Dimas, Nichols, Kusukami, Martine, Bulut.
Substitutions- Baccus for Pinatares (55’), Santalab for Bulut (70’), Lustica for Nichols (89’).
Unused Substitutes- Redmayne, Hamill.
Yellow Cards- Borda, Dimas, Bulut.
Red Cards- Nil.

Up next
Brisbane are halfway through a two game road trip and will be heading to Melbourne for the first time this season with a game against Melbourne City on Saturday night at AAMI Park. Having not beaten Melbourne City –the Heart- since Round 15 of the 2010-11 season, three points away is long overdue.

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