Melbourne City coach Michael Valkanis launched a scathing attack on the standard of A-League refereeing, calling for “accountability and responsibility”.

City drew 2-2 against Brisbane Roar on Saturday night at AAMI Park after referee Alan Milliner awarded two contentious penalties.

The first came in the 35th minute when City’s Joshua Rose fouled Brandon Borrello in the box, however, upon closer inspection, replays showed Rose to barely touch Borrello before the Roar winger took a tumble.

Milliner called for a second penalty when Roar’s Dane Ingham pulled Nick Fitzgerald’s shirt, leaving the City midfielder on the turf inside his attacking area.

Both penalties were converted and did not impact the course of the match but Valkanis was frustrated that either decision were worthy of penalties.

“There shouldn’t have been two penalties,” the City coached lamented in his post-game interview.

“Two penalties didn’t exist, neither ours or theirs.

“I think it’s time we start taking responsibility and accountability to improve because there weren’t two penalties.”

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To add salt to the wound, City were denied a penalty claim when Roar defender Corey Brown seemed to push Anthony Caceres in City’s area late in the first half.

“There was one penalty in the first half, that was Caceres being clattered in the box while he’s going up for a header,” Valkanis continued.

“That was it and it went unnoticed.”

Not afraid to express his opinion, Valkanis believes his side has received the rub of the green in recent weeks.

“We’ve had weeks where we’ve had goals cancelled like Colazo in Adelaide and Bruno Fornaroli against Melbourne Victory … and we’ve had goals allowed against us that should be offside,” he said.

“It’s getting frustrating, really frustrating.”

A shining light for City in their 2-2 stalemate was the performance of 40-year-old goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen.

Having not started since Round 1 against Wellington Phoenix, Sorensen starred with the gloves and made multiple exceptional saves to keep City alive.

“(Sorensen) has been an example for all,” Valkanis said.

“He’s defined what our culture is about.

“How he’s gone about his business while he’s been out of the team (and) how he stepped up today to lead a younger team.”

After such a gutsy performance, Valkanis preached for the media to cease with negative reporting and concentrate on his side’s positives.

“I hear stories about our discipline. I hear stories about our culture. It showed today what culture Melbourne City have got,” he began.

“I think there was proof of it today with how the boys performed, with how the boys responded at halftime and how they responded in the end to be unlucky to not get three points.

“Instead of writing about our culture and our discipline, maybe we should start writing about how we can fix things because it’s getting frustrating for everyone.”

Melbourne City will host Sydney FC in an important clash next weekend at AAMI Park.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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