Robbie Fowler got off to the best possible start in his first competitive game as Brisbane Roar coach as Stefan Mauk got the first goal of the Liverpool legend’s tenure at the club.
Fowler, who is in his first managerial job in Brisbane, revealed he wasn’t at all nervous in the build-up to the game and insisted that his team knew exactly what they needed to do to beat the A-League champions Sydney FC.
And true to his words, Brisbane delivered, with Mauk’s shot deflecting over the helpless Andrew Redmayne after some delightful footwork in the lead-up from Jay O’Shea.
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It wasn’t long before Fowler had the second goal of his reign either, as O’Shea went from provider to goalscorer at Leichhardt Oval.
Bradden Inman wisely left a clever ball in from the right to allow O’Shea to run onto it and bury the ball powerfully home with a finish the ex-Liverpool striker himself would have been proud of.