Darren Davies' delight at a rare Brisbane Roar A-League win has been tempered by the loss of even more senior players ahead of their match with Newcastle Jets.
Brisbane are poised to field one of the youngest teams in their A-League history next week following their 2-1 upset of Wellington Phoenix.
The ninth-placed Roar picked up the fourth win of a wretched season on Friday courtesy of two first-half goals to Eric Bautheac at Suncorp Stadium.
They ended a four-match losing streak via a performance that few predicted given the club's mounting injury toll.
The situation is set to get worse for interim coach Darren Davies when they host Newcastle next week with at least two players, including Bautheac, to miss out through suspension.
The French winger was shown a second yellow card deep into injury time, meaning he'll automatically sit out next week.
Joining him will be Jacob Pepper, whose first-half caution was his eighth this season.
Danish midfielder Thomas Kristensen is also doubtful after hobbling off at halftime favouring his calf.
All three were among the most experienced Roar players on Suncorp Stadium, leaving Davies forced to inject more youngsters next week into a team which featured five starting players aged 21 or under.
His two substitutes were Joe Caletti, 20, and Charles Lokolingoy, 22, while Davies joked that Saturday's game involving the Roar's NPL team should be called off for fear of more selection candidates going down.
Davies praised winger Zach Duncan, 18, about his maiden A-League start but didn't want that to detract from effort of the other youngsters.
Year 12 student Izaack Powell, barely 17, played 90 minutes out of position at left back in a patched-up back four.
"We were playing with a lot of young players out there and it was a massive learning curve tonight," Davies said.
"What a fantastic opportunity for these boys to go out and to express themselves, and they did.
"Sometimes when you're in a team that's where we are, you can play with freedom."
Strikers Dylan Wenzel-Halls and Nick D'Agostino, both 21, troubled the Phoenix with their pace in the first half and Davies said his team deserved to be more than 2-0 up at the break.
Wellington replied through Steven Taylor and went excruciatingly close to equalising twice in the dying minutes.