Mike Mulvey lashes Besart Berisha dismissal

Brisbane held on for a 1-1 draw with Sydney FC on Friday night as Roar coach Mike Mulvey took aim at the refs over their handling of Besart Berisha's dismissal.
Brisbane Roar coach Mike Mulvey says he is very disappointed to have dropped two points in their draw with Sydney FC as his side paid for the controversial dismissal of striker Besart Berisha in a big way.

Brisbane took the lead courtesy of an excellent looping header from Berisha but were pegged back when Sebastian Ryall connected off a corner to equalise for the Sky Blues.

The disputable point of the game came in the 40th minute when the Albanian striker was shown his marching orders for a 'dangerous tackle'.

“All I will say is its not the Hyundai A-League's finest moment this season," declared Mulvey.

"I don’t think the referee made the decision, I think his assistant did.

"I know what my players are telling me. I’ve seen a player raise two hands and push somebody over and if you raise your hands to anybody it’s a send off.

"It’s a concern 'cause we lose him for next week. It’s just disappointing. It spoilt a spectacle.”

Overall Mulvey wasn't pleased with the evening.

"Very disappointed we haven't gotten three points," he said.

"We conceded a goal from a set piece which is unlike us and I think it’s something we’ll talk about at home but when else were they going to score.

"If we would’ve kept 11 men on the park we would’ve won the game comfortably.

"If is the biggest word in the world.

"It’s the fact we had to play with 10 players again for a certain period of the game and I think the players and fans can be justifiably proud of the way we played.”

Sydney coach Frank Farina was unhappy with how much possession his team gave away as his side failed to capitalise on having the extra man.

"I'm disappointed, especially when they go to 10 men but we were our own worst enemies tonight," Farina declared.

"We've seen it in the past even when we've gone down to 10 men it's been very difficult for other teams, we couldn't take advantage of it tonight."

Farina explained that wrong decisions, bad passes and poor touches were the reason his team didn't perform better on the night and take advantage of the extra man.

"If you look at the stats, the possession we turned over in our own half or the middle third was terrible to say the least and we've got to be better than that if we're going to take advantage of those situations."

"I wasn't happy. It was as though we were almost scared, panicking, rushing. I certainly expect better."