Yorke claims Macarthur’s best are being ‘kicked all the time’

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Macarthur FC’s 1-0 defeat to Melbourne Victory proved to be another example of Bulls’ players being kicked around the park, according to Dwight Yorke.

With 26 fouls in the game, there were a few players left to pick themselves up off the turf throughout the match. 

Daniel Arzani succumbed to injury in the final 15 minutes as a result of a series of kicks and bruises endured by the winger in the game. This is a trend manager Yorke is well acquainted with as captain Ulises Davila limped off against Adelaide United in October in similar circumstances. 

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“Usually the good players get kicked all the time,” he said. 

“It’s something we are very concerned about. We seem to be being singled out because we have got two exciting players.”

Yorke was hopeful Arzani’s injury wasn’t one that would keep him out of Sunday’s match against Perth Glory. However, it’s a 48-hour wait before the coach learns whether the tricky winger will be fit to face the West Australia side. 

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The former English Premier League striker is asking his players to accept the nature of the tough tackling directed at them and rise to the challenge.

“We’ve got to be able to deal with the physicality, especially with the kind of players that we have,” he explained. 

“We have to be clever enough to endure that and make sure that from our standpoint we are able to compete with the physicality as well.” 

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While Yorke was focused on how the team would deal with the unwanted treatment, he still campaigned for more attentive officiating for fouls on his players. 

“They need to look at it a little bit closer,” he argued. 

“Some heavy tackles going in there. I think the referees need to protect those two players [Arzani and Davila] particularly because of the quality that they have. 

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“I feel that we don’t get the rub of the green. Sometimes the referee is not as protective.”

The defeat sees Macarthur drop out of the top six in what was their third defeat of the season. It was also just the second time the Bulls have failed to score under Yorke. 

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Feature image credit: Macarthur FC

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