Nikolai Topor-Stanley believes Newcastle Jets were stiff not to get a penalty in their 2-1 loss to Melbourne City today, but has refused to blame the referee Kurt Ams.
The Jets scored early courtesy of Roy O’Donovan after a Eugene Galekovic blunder at the back. It was then cancelled out when Ronald Vargas gave away a penalty in the 25th minute, subsequently received a second yellow card for dissent.
A-League veteran Topor-Stanley was bemused with the officiating, but wasn’t buying into the idea that the Jets were a victim of unfair calls this season.
“I definitely thought I should’ve had a penalty in the second-half, I felt like my shirt got pulled, but unfortunately I’m not a very great actor,” Topor-Stanley told FTBL.
“That’s the rub of the green sometimes, sometimes you get them and sometimes you don’t.
“The referee has decided that and you can’t change it, it’s done and that’s unfortunate. He’s seen it one way and we’ve obviously seen it differently and that’s football, it happens.
“In my opinion, losers blame the ref. In all games this year, we’ve had more than enough chances to win games and we’ve given goals away, so that’s in our hands. We can’t control what the referee does, we can only ask them to be consistent.”
Topor-Stanley then added his team was keeping its chin up.
“You have to be all smiles, we’ve got a strong group and we’ve got each other’s back to the end,” he said.
“We’ll keep on going and we’re not going to make excuses. We’ll just keep fighting for each other.
“It was an unfortunate incident and it changed the momentum for us especially in the first half, but credit to the boys. We regrouped and we took it to them with one man down and created some chances, so all I can ask from them.
“We stuck together, tried to play football and be the aggressor and I think we did.”