Van't Schip bemoans referees

Melbourne Heart coach John van 't Schip says Western Sydney received plenty of help from the match officials in their 3-2 comeback win on Saturday night.

The Wanderers were awarded a soft penalty which Shinji Ono missed with the scores level at 1-1 in an entertaining contest at AAMI Park, while Brendon Santalab was not penalised for what appeared to be a blatant push on centre-back Robbie Wielaert in the build-up to the visitors' second goal. 

Youssouf Hersi struck the winner in the 86th minute to consign Heart to last place in the regular season standings. 

And van 't Schip did not hold back in offering a scathing assessment of referee Jarrad Gillett's performance. 

"It was a clear push," he said when asked about Santalab's equalising goal to make it 2-2. 

"That's why Robbie Wielaert was on the ground. But that was not the only one. It looked like the game had to be won by Western Sydney. 

"Not taking anything away from them because they're a great team, they've done really well in the last two years and I wish them all the luck in the finals.But the game went clearly their way with a little bit of help from the other side.

"Today I think there were maybe other aspects that played a role. One of them was the referee. We can't do much about that. During the week we don't train on that, getting those decisions against us. 

"Playing against 12, that's always difficult." 

Van 't Schip did pay tribute to the efforts of his players, including retiring skipper Harry Kewell, who was unable to prevent his team from collecting the wooden spoon. 

"I have to give the boys a big compliment, the way they played," he said. 

"Our captain, I have to give him a big compliment, the way he finished his career. I think he played a fantastic game. That's what we should talk about." 



Lost respect for this guy after that whinge which is really a weak attempt to deflect attention from yet another Heart collapse. Wielaert was obviously grabbing Santalab as he was trying to get into the box so Santalab pushed him away. More than a fair call. In fact Wielart's lucky he wasn't yellow carded or even red carded as he was trying to deny a goal scoring opportunity in which he failed due to Santalab being too strong. It's not the first time Wielaert's let them down badly this season. After a good little spell after Van Schip took over from Aloisi they have gone the same way as Phoenix and Glory.... soft underbellies. Fortunately for Van Schip he was lucky enough to get his new contract just as they were starting to stutter.

p.s. what about the moving ball from the Heart freekick for Engelaar's goal? Elementary error from the referee that gifted Heart a goal!