U.S. Markets open in 3 hrs 43 mins

'I didn't get the ball' - Santalab lucky to score Wanderers' winning goal

The Western Sydney forward was thrilled with his team's comeback against Adelaide United but conceded he crunched James Holland

Brendon Santalab claimed Western Sydney Wanderers earned redemption for last week's Sydney derby disaster with their come-from-behind triumph over Adelaide United.

Trailing until after the hour at Coopers Stadium on Friday night, super-sub Santalab turned the A-League grand final rematch around for the visitors with two goals inside the final 25 minutes to clinch a 2-1 victory.

READ: Adelaide United 1 Western Sydney Wanderers 2: Santalab double seals revenge

The win was revenge for Western Sydney's 3-1 grand final loss to the Reds in May, while Santalab also underlined the importance of a strong performance following Round 1's 4-0 thumping at the hands of Sydney FC.

"We needed to react. Last week simply wasn't good enough for us," the Wanderers forward told Fox Sports.

"Tonight's win is for our fans we disappointed so much last week. I asked for character from the boys this week and we definitely got that.

"It's nice to always score but what’s important tonight is the win.

"To lose 4-0 last week [and to be] 1-0 down and come from behind is fantastic and it shows the character of the squad."

Santalab came under scrutiny late in Friday's match for a bruising foul on Reds midfielder James Holland that sparked calls for a red card from the home support.

"I'll have to have a look at it. I know I didn't get the ball. The boys were quite upset but that's football," Santalab said.

Holland insisted he should be fine for Adelaide's next match against Melbourne Victory.

"It's a bit painful at the moment. I don't think it's anything too serious, just a little irritating to be honest," he told Fox Sports.

The Socceroos midfielder, who only joined Adelaide last month, was disappointed the A-League champions couldn't hold on for three points at home.

The result means Guillermo Amor's side have just one point from their opening two games as they look to defend the premiership and the championship this season.

"Obviously we're at home so we wanted three points," Holland said.

"To concede so late, especially when I thought we were in control for the first 60 minutes [it's] really disappointing.

"This is only our second game together so we do need to time to gel but at the same time we don't want to take too long.

"Tonight was a little bit better than last week but still some passes went astray and we've still got to get used to each other and the runs that we make.

"Tomorrow we'll assess the result, look at what we did wrong, and then look forward."