The former-fullback has been reinvented by Warren Joyce, scoring a double to affirm his place as Melbourne City's highest goal-scorer this season, as Joyce's side eeked out 4-3 winners in a stunning match at AAMI Park. 

De Laet opened the scoring after about 15 seconds, pouncing on a Wanderers defensive error, before his second, a Luke Brattan screamer and a last-minute Bart Schenkeveld header sealed the win. 

"I think we played absolutely terrible," Schenkeveld said. "Very cheap goals. But if we're going to catch up with the teams above us we need to win games like this."

De Laet was slightly more positive than his "very tired" Dutch teammate. 

"We made it hard for ourselves, after an early goal we just had to control the game," de Laet said. "They're all good lads, they were fast and could hurt us on the counter and that's what they did.

"We're at home, we need to win the game. We have to push numbers forward and contribute opportunities.

"I'll play wherever the gaffer needs me to play. If I'm in goal next week, I'm in goal. I'll just do it.

The Wanderers meanwhile sink to an unwanted record - their sixth straight loss. While pressure builds on Markus Babbel, his side are scoring goals for fun.

Unfortunately for Jaushua Sotirio, the young striker would need to be extremely prolific to make up for a myriad of defensive issues.

He'd also need to prevent Keanu Baccus from accumulating red cards. The Wanderers led 3-2 when the midfielder was sent off - his third marching order in only 31 A-League appearances. 

"I feel like it's the story of our season," Sotirio said.

"We put in all the effort and it just sucks in the end. We just have to keep digging in, because we're not playing bad at all.

"I should have scored a couple more tonight as well - everyone's trying to stay positive. It's just that kind of a season."