Despite falling behind within two minutes to a strike from Kwame Yeboah, a second-half fightback from City earned them all three points at Bankwest Stadium on Friday night.

Converting a controversial penalty in the 56th minute to tie things up, Maclaren then provided the assist for Josh Brillante’s 73rd minute goal and – after Yeboah’s second in the 80th – grabbed the winner in the 92nd minute of play.

As well as sealing an important three points to keep City top of the table heading into their bye week, the goals take the striker’s tally to five in the two games he’s played since he returned from a minor hamstring tear against Brisbane Roar.

In total, the lethal target man has netted 19 times for club and country in the 12 hitouts he's had since the beginning of the 2019/20 campaign.  

“When you’re on a roll you’re on a roll,” Maclaren told FTBL following his side’s win.

“You just find yourself in good areas and when you’re hitting the ball, in a way you feel like you’ve got more time because you’re composed and free in the mind. That’s where I am at the moment.

“The boys are putting me in great positions. And like I said, I’m putting them away and just enjoying football at the moment.

“That stems from our training. We start working on how we’re going to play from the start of the week and that really builds.

"The way we play our formations, the way we play our structures it builds relationships over the few days and when you work on the Thursday and Friday on your runs on the weekend it just becomes natural on game day.

“Lachie Wales came on as a sub and you saw that he knew that I was going to make a run to the near post and check off and make sure I was free [on City’s third].”