The Western Sydney Wanderers were given a timely wake up call on Sunday following a tight 2-0 loss to the Central Coast Mariners.
The Wanderers went into the contest full of confidence following five games without defeat.
That run came to an end after Mariners veteran Daniel McBreen put the visitors ahead in the the first-half and closed out the game with a second strike in the 96th minute.
Far from being outplayed the Wanderers will be ruing their missed opportunities with Labinot Haliti, Jerome Polenz and Shinji Ono all coming close to getting on the scoresheet.
After a cagey opening the crowd came to life in the 26th minute when Joey Gibbs was brought down when he was through on goal by Trent Sainsbury.
Sainsbury was fortunate to remain on the pitch with referee Chris Beath awarding a yellow card.
Ten minutes later Shinji Ono had the Wanderers best chance of the game when his quickly-taken volley was cleared off the line by Pedj Bojic.
Despite being in control of the match the Wanderers were stung on the stroke of half-time when McBreen linked up with Adam Kwasnik to unlock the home team’s defence.
The goal seemed to rattle the Wanderers and the pressure showed when Jason Trifiro was sent off for his second yellow card in the 55th minute.
With a man down the Wanderers struggled to contain the Mariners wide men with Pedj Bojic and Michael McGlinchey both having multiple shots on goal.
Deep into injury time McBreen scored his second goal from the sideline in bizarre circumstances.
A mix-up between Shannon Cole and goalkeeper Ante Covic saw McBreen intercept a pass and lob the ball into an empty Wanderers goal.
This weekend the Wanderers travel across the Tasman to play Wellington Phoenix on Sunday.