The Newcastle Jets coach believes Kew Jaliens' shot crossed the line in Saturday evening's 1-0 loss to Perth Glory despite the linesman failing to award a goal at Hunter Stadium
Newcastle Jets coach Gary van Egmond believes his team were robbed of a clear-cut goal in their 1-0 loss to Perth Glory at Hunter Stadium on Saturday evening.
Jets defender Kew Jaliens bundled a half-volley towards goal in the 71st minute which Danny Vukovic blocked on the line with replays showing inconclusive evidence at best.
"It's a goal. There's not much we can do about it other than the fact that the linesman didn't give it," van Egmond said.
"They have a tough job but at the end of the day you get put there to do that job and you have to make those decisions.
"I don't think it was a case where it was just a little bit over the line – I thought the one we had against the Mariners was a tougher call than this one – unfortunately they've gone the other way."
Interim Glory coach Kenny Lowe remained philosophical when quizzed on the issue.
"I don't believe the ref gave it so it couldn't have been over the line," he said.
"Last week we had 96th minute and the ref sent somebody sent off and he put in his report that he didn't know why he sent him off.
"It's a funny game isn't it, last week it was us, this week it's (Jets coach) Gary (van Egmond), next week it will be somebody else. You just roll with it, smile, take it on the chin and have some fun at the next game."
Although disappointed with the decision, van Egmond believes the referees need to be given support in order to improve along with the progression and expansion of the A-League.
"We know it's not an easy job – the one thing that we've got to try and do is support them. We've got to support them as much as we can," he said.
"The game has gone on in leaps and bounds from a coaching perspective, from professionalism as far as players, to the way in which the clubs are run and the amount of money that's being involved now.
"So I think the onus is on the FFA to ensure that they keep on working and helping the officials to keep on getting them better."
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