Melbourne City coach John van’t Schip has lamented the “inconsistent” officiating after his side drew 3-3 in a thrilling tussle with Perth Glory at AAMI Park on Tuesday night.
City could have taken a stranglehold of the match after they were awarded three penalties – all taken by Bruno Fornaroli – but only converted one.
But the real issue for the home side was Glory defender Marc Warren who was sitting on a yellow card from the 16th minute and went on to give away two penalties without further sanction by referee Shaun Evans.
Coach John van ‘t Schip said post-match: “I’m surprised that again, the referee was inconsistent, after that he (Warren) had five or six more fouls he made.
“One of them in the 18-yard for a second penalty, but didn’t get a second yellow in all those occasions, so I really don’t understand why.
“There were corners not given, we had four of them, everybody could see, even players of Perth were already walking to set themselves up and the referee on his own makes a decision that it’s not a corner.
“Then a throw in the first half for us, everybody is already positioning for our throw in and he gives it to them and out of that throw in they scored.
“It’s very frustrating but it’s something we can’t control unfortunately.”
Dino Djublic and Fernando Brandan were both sent off after an altercation in the box in the final minute which led to a Bruno Fornaroli penalty, but the Dutchman maintained he did not see it clearly enough to comment.
Van’t Schip was remaining positive and felt it was too simplistic to place blame on the absence of Michael Jakobsen (calf).
The City boss also spoke of youngsters Daniel Arzani, and debutant Denis Genreau who look to have more involvement towards the end of the season.
“(Genreau) is very talented, you could already see he’s a good player, good position and not scared to play and ask for the ball,” he said.
“He’s a player that has a big future ahead of him, Arzani only came in at the end but he showed immediately also he has quality so good signs of young players coming into the team.
“For us now it’s a short turnaround which is good, we can prepare ourselves to try to make this turned into a big game against Central Coast Mariners which will be a tough game.”
He was also impressed with Kamau’s progression.
“Brucey was very energetic, he caused a lot of problems and he could’ve scored,” he said.
“His final pass, he can improve to get better, he was causing them problems, there are good things that happened, they played good football second half again.”
City face the Mariners away on New Year’s Eve.