Corica frustrated by strikers and referee in Macarthur loss

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Macarthur FC defeated Sydney FC 1-0 in a game marred by controversy at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Macarthur striker Matt Derbyshire scored the only goal of the game shortly after Paulo Retre was dismissed for a questionable red card. Sydney never recovered.

The Sky Blues dominated the first half and should have led but were wasteful in front goal. Strikers Patrick Wood and Kosta Barbarouses were both guilty of missing clear-cut opportunities.

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Sydney FC head coach Steve Corica was left to rue the missed chances.

“It was frustrating in the sense that we didn’t take our chances,” said Corica.

“We get into scoring positions to finish teams off. We didn’t do that in the first half, that’s what cost us in the end.

“We created six or seven clear chances. Even in the second half when we had 10 men the boys never gave up. We could have gotten something out of the game.”

Macarthur winger Markel Susaeta produced the standout moment of the game. He embarked on a mazy run into the Sydney box, and picked out Matt Derbyshire who prodded home past Redmayne from close range to score what would prove to be the winner.

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The turning point in the game came shortly after. Sky Blues midfielder Paulo Retre received a straight red card in the 38th minute. The Sydney midfielder was sent to the stands following a high challenge on Bulls defender Jake McGing.

The Sky Blues struggled to create chances after losing Retre, and Corica was left frustrated by the referees decision.

“We all make mistakes and I think the referee made quite a few tonight. In the end the red card, I don’t think so. His foot was high yes, but it wasn’t a nasty challenge,” he said.

“The red card made it very hard. There was a few decisions that for me, he got wrong.”

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Sydney pressed the Bulls in search of an equaliser in the second half – but they struggled with 10 men – and failed to create any moments of real substance.

Macarthur looked content to hold the ball with an extra man advantage, and closed the game out to beat Sydney for the first time in their short history.

While the loss condemned Sydney to their second straight loss for the first time this season, Corica said that Sydney would bounce back immediately.

“We just keep working at it. The players play great football, entertaining football. We want returns for it. At the moment it’s not going for us but we will turn it around,” he said.

“It’s frustrating but its frustrating for them [the strikers] as well, so it’s a team game. We all work hard for each other. We aren’t going to blame them. We conceded a sloppy goal tonight and that’s what cost us.”

Featured image credit: Matthew Comito

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