There are a number of elephants but three are obvious.
Elephant 1. The ref was not up to it. Here are two incidents:
- on 59 minutes Matt McKay and Elrich end up in a tangle on the Newcastle penalty box. Elrich gets up and grabs McKay by the throat. Ref doesn't see this. Then they push each other. Ref sees this and rushes over. Meanwhile play on. Ref has his back to play talking to Elrich and McKay. Still play on. Meanwhile, Newcastle are on goal at the Roar's penalty box and no-one is refing the game. Newcastle miss. What if they had scored? Then both players get a yellow card. What is McKay's for?
- on 71 minutes Minniecon runs from the middle circle into the Newcastle box. Just before reaching it Jade North rake's out his back foot. Minniecon was away, Should have been a goal. Ref waves play on. Truth is the ref, again, didn't see the play. Plus didn't want to make the mistake he made against Perth giving a penalty for a tackle outside the box. After the game North admits the foul was deliberate.
Elephant 2: Sergio Van Dijk is not up to the A-League. The poor Perth defence flattered him.
Elephant 3: Charlie Miller is carrying the Roar. He came off with a groin injury late in the game. Even after he sustained his injury he was making all the running.