Adelaide United coach Josep Gombau sidestepped the row about controversial refereeing in his side’s 3-1 win over Sydney FC in the FFA Cup, saying with a smile that refs have a very tough job.
Bruce Djite struck twice in extra time to guarantee the win after Sergio Ciro had opened the scoring in the first half for the Reds only for Alex Brusque to come off the bench at half-time and equalise.
But the game turned midway through the second half when referee Ben Williams sent off Nikola Petkovic for a challenge on Fabio Ferreira in a decision that incensed Sydney and their fans.
After the match though, Gombau said he never commented on referees, but said that Ferreira had “a contusion” on his leg.
“But whether it was a red card or not? I am not a referee, I am a coach,” he said. “The job is very difficult, their job. I always say the same… if we had the whistle, we’d make a lot of mistakes.”
Ignoring the controversy, he said he was delighted with his side’s performances which saw a handful of players coming back from injury for the clash.
“When we played 11 against 11, it was very equal,” he said.
“And after, when Sydney was 10 men, it was more easy and in that moment, we controlled the game.”
He admitted he was happy with his side’s start to the season, but added: “It is a long way to the finish.
“We have to keep working. Of course, I am happy we won away, we won at home, today we had this result.
“But this weekend against Perth Glory who are top of the table, will be a big game for us and an important one and we need to try to get three points.”1 comment