Gombau laments game-changing decision

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Josep Gombau refused to give his opinion on a controversial VAR decision that lead to a Perth Glory penalty and Keanu Baccus’ dismissal in the Wanderers 3-1 loss to Perth on Sunday night.

Play was initially waved on after Baccus appeared to have made contact with Joel Chianese and upon review the VAR confirmed deliberate contact was made inside the box.

The Wanderers were forced to play with a man down for over 80 minutes, leaving Gombau hugely frustrated.

“I cannot bring my opinion,” he said.

“But for sure it changed the game.”

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Gombau’s side initially responded well to the setback levelling the scores after following a VAR penalty decision of their own.

But Perth ultimately made the most of its one man advantage late in the fist half in a difficult evening for Western Sydney.

“We conceded two goals in five minutes before halftime,” he said.

“Second half we tried but its difficult to go ahead with 10 men.”

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Glory coach Kenny Lowe hit back at critics with his side’s performance noting experience as one of the key factors in the win.

“I’m just pleased for the players,” he said.

“The difference is not urgency its about intelligence and experience.”

The return of Dino Djulbic brought some needed steel to Glory’s back-line while fellow new signing Neil Kilkenny was impressive in the build up to Andy Keogh’s killer blow before half-time.

A well organised Wanderers side were compact following Baccus’ red card but Lowe was quick to point out Perth’s dominance throughout the match.

“Its hard to play against 10 sometimes,” he said.

“But it wasn’t for us tonight we created a lot of chances.

“Again you look at the experience we had on the park today that’s the difference.”

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The result snaps a five-match losing streak for Perth who now climb level on points with Western Sydney who are locked together with Brisbane in a battle for sixth position.

Both clubs face away trips next week with Western Sydney taking on the Mariners while Perth will look to continue its momentum at Adelaide on Saturday.

 

 

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