Monday, January 22, 2007

We was robbed... My own David Bailey incident

Jeecy of the Roar suggested that it was Sasa and not Remo who slipped down onto his all fours just ahead of Alex Brosque's top 4 place winning shot. Shot so I had another look at the replay. And I found something amazing.

Later in the game, at the 60th minute, Mori hit his fantastic sizzer kick which was brilliantly saved by Bolton. Then the corner was quickly taken from the left. Mori soon got the ball again and ran with it on the right of the penalty box. He put the box back into the middle and Dario cannoned the ball into ..... a prostrate Ufuk Talay who stopped the ball with his - hand or FOREARM. Where was Australia's greatest referee? Bolton was out of position. Reinaldo was standing next to Talay and raised his hand - but the game went on. And Roar bow out - 42 A-League games and only one penalty (and there's Jade North giving away 3 hand ball penalties for Newcastle on his own).

By the way, the replay confirmed that it was Remo and not as the Roar reported on their site:
'when Sasa Ognenovski slipped on the loose surface Brosque was on hand to slam a right-footed shot past Liam Reddy.'

Sasa did slip twice, once running to cover the original pass and secondly after the pass was made ahead of Brosque. But it was Remo who ended on all fours in front of Brosque. If his footing holds he stops the pass and no goal. And Liam did get two hands on the ball but pushed it into the net... oh dear (why don't keepers catch the ball anymore?)

That end's final third looked like it was wet before the match. That section has been relayed as a result of the Robbie Williams concert and had to be given time to grow before the rugby league and union seasons. Imagine football fan Robbie Williams suffing up Qld Roar, oh well he did wear a Lions shirt or something.

Really Lang Park was badly prepared for such a key game and unfortunately it seemed to have dried out by the second half.
Also, Frank Farina was reported to be none to happy about a bunch of fans taking to the pitch in their football boots before the game. Wrong call event organisers - too big a game to risk the pitch like that.

Shame we won the toss and chose the wrong end to defend - there was me thinking the toss didn't matter in Football.

3 comments:

wayne said...

Mr buckley should put this pitch relaying business on the top of his list for next year - wasn't it one of the Crawford report recommendations that the stadiums be of a proper standard - the pitch is everything in football after all. Bad luck old chap anyway, fantastic crowd though!
Damn it seems like a long time till the presea-son, eh!

Mike Salter said...

...He put the box back into the middle and Dario cannoned the ball into ..... a prostrate Ufuk Talay who stopped the ball with his - hand or FOREARM. Where was Australia's greatest referee? Bolton was out of position. Reinaldo was standing next to Talay and raised his hand - but the game went on....

John, you'll be pleased to know I've referred to said incident in the SFCU match report (whenever Grant gets around to putting it up, that is). Clear handball and penalty.

Having said that, these things tend to even out over the season. We got robbed blind with Corica's disallowed goal against Perth in Round 3 (yep, cranky fans have long memories).

john said...

Would be nice to think they do even out Mike - but 42 A-League games and 1 penalty for the Roar - the stats say no.

The problem is that the Roar just missed out on top 4 last year - if they had their share of penalties maybe they would have made it both years and few players' careers would have been saved....