A brutally honest Matt McKay had reason to smile after Brisbane Roar's 2-1 win over Wellington Phoenix. They may have won four matches all season, but there's a bright future on the cards in Bris Vegas.
After a blow-for-blow opening - where Wellington Phoenix threatened regularly through Roy Krishna but looked constantly susceptible to the likes of Dylan Wenzel-Halls on the counter-attack - Brisbane raced to a 2-0 lead through a quickfire Eric Bautheac double.
The Frenchman's individual brilliance, matched with the incredible performance of the Roar's slew of talented teens, was clearly a shock to the visitors who took until Steven Taylor's equaliser to recover.
Ultimately too little, too late for Wellington, who may have just gifted Adelaide United a home final.
"We had the intention to press them and just left ourselves exposed at the back. I thought a draw was fair," Andrew Durante said.
"Most weeks we're good enough, I thought we were good enough to get something out of the game.
"At the moment we're still in fourth, it can still be in our hands."
Brisbane's Matt McKay looked an old man compared to the very fresh-faced squad around him, but he's still a force to be reckoned with on his day.
"It's good to get a win, we've got two more home games," he said.
"We've had a rough trot obviously, so it's good to give these guys a win, we've been rubbish this year so it's good to put a smile on everyone's faces.
"We've planned really well for each game but towards the end, we've fallen away. We rode our luck tonight."