Okon blames referee for F3 draw

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The F3 Derby produced a 1-1 stalemate that helps Newcastle Jets continue their unbeaten streak against Central Coast Mariners, dating back to October 2014.

Besides a few strong tackles in the middle of the park, a set piece goal to the Mariners and a few corners, the first half of the match proved as interesting as the old F3 Freeway scenery.

However, despite the first half of play the match began to heat up in the final 30 minutes with the teams locked at 1-1.

Post-match Central Coast coach Paul Okon admitted his team did struggle to maintain their tempo in the second half after going down to 10 men.

“After going down to ten men, we were happy to come away with the point,” explained Okon. “I think this club’s jinxed with handballs.”

Citing the red card that was given to defender Liam Rose in the 65th minute for a deliberate handball, the controversial decision didn’t just resonate with Okon as the Twittersphere agreed with the gaffer’s sentiments about call.

Reduced to ten men the Mariners lost their rhythm and the referee is to blame according to Okon.

“The referee decides [games], if you look at every A-League game this weekend the referee has made the decisions that have impacted all four games and it happened again this afternoon.”

Okon also touched further on the referee’s power, explaining the incident he had with fourth official Stephen Lucas.

“There was handball from the Jets down in the corner and I asked him if it was a handball and he told me to shut up,” claimed Okon. “I just asked him a question so there’s no point…”

Ultimately, the F3 foes came away from the match with just the one win in the first seven A-League matches and are looking desperate to keep pace with the top six. Both squads will no doubt be out to secure their second win of the season in Round 8 when Central Coast host fourth place Perth Glory and Newcastle Jets face fifth place Melbourne Victory at AAMI Park.

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Isobel Cootes
Isobel Cootes
A player turned Journalist that's still holding onto the dream by writing about the Newcastle Jets this season!

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