Popa praises Bulut's brace

Western Sydney coach Tony Popovic lauded free-scoring striker Kerem Bulut after the attacker led Wanderers to a comprehensive 4-1 win over Brisbane Roar on Wednesday night.

WRAP: Brisbane Roar 1 - Western Sydney Wanderers 4

Bulut crucially restored the visitors’ lead in the first half at Suncorp Stadium before sealing his side’s first away win of the season late in proceedings, improving his tally to four goals in as many Hyundai A-League appearances.

“He’s a goalscorer. He shows that, he’s always on the spot to finish and he’s always dangerous,” Popovic said.

“His fitness is nowhere near where it should be, he had a seven month layoff so he’s at times running on empty. But he’s got great enthusiasm and he just wants to score.

“The boys provided him with two great balls and he did the rest.”

Victory lifted Wanderers back above Newcastle Jets after the weekend’s home defeat to Phil Stubbins’ side and helped and build momentum for the AFC Champions League title defence.

Popovic felt fortune was finally favouring the two-time Grand Finalists.

“In patches we’ve been very good this season,” the former Socceroos defender said.

“I keep saying it, we’re playing good football but we keep getting punished for our mistakes and we keep having to come from behind.

“The difference was tonight, as opposed to Newcastle, we had three one-on-ones and we were down 2-0 to Newcastle. Tonight we took those chances.

“The win was thoroughly deserved.”