A contentious VAR decision denied Western Sydney Wanderers a win over league leaders Central Coast Mariners, who were awarded a late penalty to salvage a 2-2 draw at Bankwest Stadium on Tuesday night.
The Wanderers bench launched a furious tirade towards officials at the stroke of full-time after the Mariners were awarded a penalty for what initially seemed like an innocuous challenge inside the box in the dying moments of the match.
Wanderers’ assistant Kenny Miller was shown a red card after full-time while their head coach, Carl Robinson, slammed the penalty decision awarded after a collision between Mariners’ Alou Kuol and Wanderers Keanu Baccus while vying for the ball.
“I think we were hard done by because without getting into trouble, I am embarrassed. Based upon the information we get given week in week out, no [it’s not a penalty]. It’s not clear and obvious,” he said.
“Unless it’s clear and obvious you can’t overturn something like that and I think he’s got it wrong.”
Miller was sent off for comments made towards the referee, however Robinson suggested referee Chris Beath misheard Miller and sent him off for something the assistant coach didn’t say.
“Kenny said something to the referee, the referee sent him off for something he actually didn’t say. I’ll wait until the report comes out, I stood right by him. What the referee repeated was not what Kenny Miller said,” Robinson said. “You have to got be right with your decision and you’ve got to be right with your words.”
Central Coast started the brighter and took the lead midway through the first half. Costa Rican international Marco Urena burst through the middle with a darting run before slipping a perfectly weighted through-ball to striker Matt Simon. The veteran fired a composed first-time shot, chipping goalkeeper Daniel Margush to make it 1-0.
After a sluggish first half, the Wanderers clawed back into the contest through substitute Bruce Kamau. Latching on to a Thomas Aquilina cross, Kamau calmly slotted from within the six yard box to make it 1-1 in the 73rd minute.