Brisbane Roar boss John Aloisi was left frustrated by a brilliant winning goal and a couple of missed penalty decisions for his side in their loss to the Wanderers on Saturday night.
Despite pushing Western Sydney all the way at Pirtek Stadium, Roar was sunk by Mitch Nichols howitzer 11 minutes from full-time as they lost 2-1.
But it was a couple of controversial decisions either side of that goal which left Aloisi disappointed.
First substitute Brandon Borrello appeared to have his jersey tugged as he tried to go for a header from a corner, before the Wanderers’ Jacob Pepper was maybe lucky not to have been pinged for a handball in the dying minutes.
“I was a bit disappointed in two decisions that we didn’t get. I don’t know what you have to do to get a penalty,” Aloisi said.
“[Shane] Stefanutto gets a yellow card for a handball where he’s turned his back then right at the end the ball comes from a fair distance and hits his hand.
“…It was pretty clear to see. Even the Brandon Borrello one on the corner. Are you allowed to pull jerseys or swap jerseys in the box?
“The Brandon one was pretty obvious I thought. Someone’s pulling your jersey and you can clearly see it. The referee and the linesman were in good positions on both occasions, I don’t know why they didn’t give it.”
While Roar contributed to an exciting game at Wanderland and played some eye-catching football, they failed to pick up maximum points for the third match in a row.
After starting the campaign in a blaze of glory, Roar now have just one win from their last five matches and have dropped to fourth on the Hyundai A-League ladder.
“We created a number of opportunities so it was frustrating to come away with nothing,” the Roar boss said.
“In terms of the way the boys performed, I’m very happy and proud of the way they are sticking with the structures and improving each game.
“We know the results will turn if we keep on improving the way we played tonight.”
Roar are back at home next weekend, with Wellington Phoenix coming to Suncorp Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Phoenix won the previous clash between the two sides this season 3-2 in Wellington back in round 3.