Popovic not happy with linesman after Perth draw

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Held to another draw at home in a 1-1 stalemate with Perth Glory, Western Sydney Wanderers coach Tony Popovic has again vented his frustration at the referees.

While second half substitute Jaushua Sotirio salvaged a point for Western Sydney with a goal in the 67th minute, Popovic believed Adam Taggart’s opener for Perth should never have stood.

“I’m still baffled by that goal, how the linesman can give that. It’s clearly offside and those things cost you. You can’t miss that, from that close,” Popovic said post-game.

After some quick passing from Glory, Taggart raced clear on goal in the 14th minute and though looking to be marginally offside, the linesman who was very close to the action never rose his flag allowing the striker to tuck the ball past Jerrad Tyson at the near post.

Post-match Glory coach Kenny Lowe himself admitted that it looked offside.

“I think it was half a body, I dunno… The linesman has got to make a split second decision so if it’s off it’s off, we’ll take it,” Lowe said.

Going behind so early, the red and black struggled to break down a stubborn Glory defence with Popovic lamenting what his side did with it’s 65 percent possession.

“We had a lot of ball but probably overall didn’t do enough with it. We held on to the ball too long,” he said. “Our ball speed wasn’t as good as it has been in recent games. We made it a little bit easy for them at times to get behind the ball.”

Having conceded 27 goals so far this season, Lowe was buoyed by his side’s staunch defending.

“We’ve been scoring goals for fun but conceding goals for even more fun so I guess to have the performance we had today defensively breeds a lot of optimism because we’re going to score goals,” he said.

With only two wins to their name so far this season and a spot available in their squad, Popovic admitted he is looking to recruit more players having recently added Vedran Janjetovic and Terry Antonis to his side.

“We’re looking for someone in that front third. Which is easier said than done. The guest marquee is something we’re having a look at,” he said.

Having let Kerem Bulut go, rumours are circling that the Wanderers leading goal scorer Mark Bridge is set for a return to the club; a rumour Popovic didn’t hose down.

“I speak to Mark Bridge regularly but that’s not so much about him returning or not. We supported him going to Thailand and we’ll support him whether he wants to come back or wants to stay,” he said.

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