Vancouver Whitecaps head coach Martin Rennie felt the officials made a number of errors in his side's 2-1 loss to Real Salt Lake on Friday night, but wasn't using it as an excuse.
“We expect more of ourselves,” Rennie told Vancouver radio station TEAM 1410 following the match. “We really should have got more of it. We had to overcome a couple of difficult decisions and obviously a very good team, but we did enough in our performance to do that and so it's always frustrating to not have got what we deserved out of it.”
Those difficult decisions Rennie referenced were a throw in that was incorrectly awarded in the coach's eyes and what the Scotsman claimed was an uncalled foul on Gershon Koffie in the play that led to Salt Lake's second goal of the night.
Inexplicably, Rennie suggested the officials might have been influenced by the fact the Whitecaps are only in their second year in MLS.
“Some of it is, you know, Vancouver’s just a team that’s up and coming,” Rennie said. “We haven’t quite established ourselves yet, so when 50-50 decisions are made, they aren’t going our way at the moment. But that’s going to change.”
Rennie went on to compliment referee Kevin Stott's record while suggesting errors were made.
“Without the referee you don't have a game, so we have all the respect for the referee,” Rennie said. “He's doing his best and he's a good referee, but unfortunately those things went against us tonight and that's not why we didn't win or tie the game, but that did go against us.”
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Jay DeMerit ended up starting the game after playing 90 minutes in the MLS All-Star Game on Wednesday, and had a match to forget – first conceding a penalty before hitting a back pass which led to Joe Cannon's dismissal in the 76th minute.
“I think we’ve taken the high road on the situation with Jay and the All-Star Game, but again that didn’t help us tonight,” Rennie said. “Jay being 100 percent would have helped, or at least not having done what he’s just done in the All-Star Game, that would have definitely helped us.”