Thomas Kristensen cops a stray elbow from Brandon Wilson.
Thomas Kristensen cops a stray elbow from Brandon Wilson.

Roar fans turn on coaches after latest defeat

BRISBANE coach John Aloisi insists the pressure isn't mounting on him despite the Roar's poor season continuing at Suncorp Stadium.

Star Perth pair Andy Keogh and Diego Castro combined as the Glory fought back from a goal down to win 2-1.

Keogh, who started on the bench in his return from injury, equalised in the 80th minute after getting on the end of a great Castro cross.

The favour was returned two minutes later, with Keogh setting up Castro to secure the Glory back-to-back wins and move them into fourth spot on the ladder.

In contrast, the Roar slumped to their sixth loss of the season to remain second from bottom, leaving sections of the small crowd of 7031 angry, and taking their frustrations out on the Roar's coaching staff.

Roar assistant coach Ross Aloisi (left) is seen reacting to the crowd at the end of the round 12 A-League match between the Brisbane Roar and Perth Glory at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Thursday, December 21, 2017. (AAP Image/Darren England) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY.
Roar assistant coach Ross Aloisi (left) is seen reacting to the crowd at the end of the round 12 A-League match between the Brisbane Roar and Perth Glory at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Thursday, December 21, 2017. (AAP Image/Darren England) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY.

Aloisi blamed the defeat on a controversial refereeing decision early in the second half after Maccarone thought he had his second goal of the night.

However, he was ruled offside by the assistant referee despite replays suggesting otherwise.

There was no intervention from the video assistant referee because referee Kurt Ams had blown his whistle ruling Maccarone offside before the attacker put the ball in the back of the net.

"I don't understand the rule," Aloisi said.

"I don't get it because they come out during the week saying they have to make sure they keep the flag down when they're not sure.

"If he's sure that's offside then he shouldn't be linesman.

Massimo Maccarone clutches his back after being fouled.
Massimo Maccarone clutches his back after being fouled.

"We got told at the beginning of the season that the referee, if it's so tight like that, has to let it go even if he does put up his flag."

Aloisi said he wasn't feeling any pressure because he believed in his players and what Brisbane were working towards.

"The club have showed they know what I'm trying to do and to lead this club together with them," he said.

"There's no pressure, (it's frustration) because things aren't going our way and then more things aren't going our way because of decisions that are being made.

Diego Castro (right) celebrates with teammates Xavier Torres (left) and Andy Keogh.
Diego Castro (right) celebrates with teammates Xavier Torres (left) and Andy Keogh.

"Pressures come with the job. I've got a belief in what we're doing and the players have as well."

Perth's fight back pleased their coach Kenny Lowe, with his side also having to overcome the loss of goalkeeper Liam Reddy in the 69th minute after copping an accidental knee to the face from Roar defender Corey Brown.

"It was a tough game," Lowe said.

"If they'd won it, you couldn't have complained to be truthful. It could have gone either way.

"They'll maybe feel hard done by … but (it was) a real good performance, good character."



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