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The Red Lizards coach felt let-down by the performance of the referee and his assistants following their 2-1 defeat at the hands of the Red and Gold...

Having lost their second game in three matches, Pune FC are now 8 points away from Churchill Brothers on the I-League table.

Their 2-1 loss to East Bengal though, was marked by some questionable calls by the referee C. Srikrishna, and Derrick Pereira minced no words in his post match conference.

Expressing his annoyance at some of the calls, the Pune FC coach stated, “I am most disappointed because we work very hard to reach a certain level. I have been saying this over the years, we need to improve ourselves, especially refereeing. All our hardwork goes into the gutter due to such (errorneous) decisions. I am not saying it (East Bengal’s spot-kick) was not a penalty, but if it was a penalty then he should have seen the other two penalties which were in the first half.”

“Time wasting as well. Even in the previous games (clubs did the same), it (players feigning injury) is building up and going on. Why doesn’t the referee show them a card? When a team like East Bengal is doing it, then it is not fair. I feel disappointed as all of the hard work of the players has gone to waste,” added Pereira.

Continuing his tirade against the referee, the Pune FC coach did feel that barring his performance, the players put up a delightful display for the crowd at the Balewadi Stadium.

“They (the players) have worked very hard to put up a good show (and) the public must have enjoyed it. Both the teams were doing well but right from the start every decision was against us. Even the very doubtful ones went against us.”

The Goan admitted though, that there was no use of continuing to reflect on spilled milk, and was confident his wards would bounce back.

“We had our chances, we should have taken those but at the end of the day, it is disappointing, as there were some decisions that should have gone in our favour,” emphasized the former Mahindra United coach.

“We will keep working hard and we will get back. At this moment I am very upset with the situation. We talk about raising Indian football level (but) then everything needs to improve. Especially the refereeing and organization,” he continued.

When asked if he would look to lodge a complain against the referee for his performance, Pereira replied in the negative.

“There is no point with a protest. Only referee can protest against players and coaches,” he added sarcastically.

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