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  1. Vedran WTAF?!?!?!?!?!? I've never had this thought before, but - 'Is it us?' As supporters we're the most active and most vocal in the league. We have so much pride and passion for our team, and make so much out of every game - Is it too much for some players? Do they break under the pressure? When we win, that fantastic (and fanatic) support can make a player feel invincible. But when we're losing, does that support make them crack? Otherwise, I've got no other explanation for what I just saw Vedran do. (Unless he was blinded by a frigging laser and couldn't see where the line was).
  2. Yeah, as much as it stings to lose again, have to remember that half the team are youngsters, and most of our best players aren't even in the starting 11. For our youngsters to hold the lead till the 84th minute isn't bad. We just need more experienced heads for the team to hold on until the 94th minute.
  3. Yet again we go down 4-3 to a top 4 team. At least we lost fair and square this time. Though that doesn't make it sting any less.
  4. I don't pretend to know why this is happening. It could be the FFA? - Gallop and his 'fish where the fish are' strategy only works if the 2 (now 3) teams in a city are 'evened out'. If 1 team takes over most of the city then it doesn't work and you're better off with a regional team instead. (IMHO we should have more regional teams, not made up teams (SWS), but that's a seperate topic). It could be conscious bias? - we know from painful experience that KGJ isn't fair to us. And maybe some other refs think we're just Westie 'scum'? It could be subconscious bias? - ref goes into a game thinking that the lower ranked team must be making more mistakes. Though good refs know how to over come this bias, and make each call on merit. Our it could be (very unlikely) Al Hilal are still pissed with us and paying off the refs against us. Who knows? The question for us fans is - what do we do for the rest of the season? I can't blame anyone if they've had enough of this farce (VARce), and are sick of going out to SOP. But that's not how I feel about it. What I've always loved about this club is that even if the chips are stacked against us we always fight. In our 1st season we were told we'd be lucky to avoid the wooden spoon, but we fought and fought and fought and ended up Premiers. All throughout the ACL campaign we were told that we couldn't win. Including in the final where we were told we were nothing but a small club. But we fought and fought (against even frigging lasers) and by the end of 90+ minutes we were the biggest club in Asia. And I love the RBB who rain or shine (or hail or thunderstorm) sing for 90 minutes. But what I really love is their ethos that if you score against us, they won't drop their heads. They'll just sing louder. Well I think that if you score against us even with the assistance of the ref, that we should just sing louder. And that if you blunt our attacks with the assistance of the assistant ref, then we should do what we did last night and boo them louder. Don't give the opposing team, the refs, the FFA or the Eastern suburbs media anything. And give our team (even when we are fielding a bunch of kids) everything. If we are going out this season, I'd rather die on my feet then live on my knees. And that way, next season I can walk into Wanderland 2.0 with my head held high.
  5. You're a hard taskmaster, beatsurrender. Not only did the young lads have to battle the heat and the opposing team, but they had to battle against the refs too. And while we certainly didn't play Adelaide off the park, I was proud that the boys gave their all until the end. Some games will be like this, where the ball doesn't bounce your way, or the ref has taken a set against you. How well a team of players respond to that is a test of their character. And I'm happy with their response tonight. (Though there is obviously room for the team to improve). What I'm not happy with is these 'unlucky' calls aren't just happening sometimes. They've now starting happening all the time. And what really pisses me off is the way VAR is being used as a tool against us. If even Slater (with his Sydney FC heart on his sleeve) is saying both calls are wrong and obvious errors, and the VAR does nothing, then what other conclusion can you make? I'm not saying that just because it appears hopeless, we should just give up for the rest of the season. (Although I totally understand why some of us feel that way). But I am prepared to give some slack to our boys for not winning games which are effectively 'unwinnable'.
  6. This is why I feel so sorry for the linesman. He worked so hard for Adelaide, putting his reputation and credibility as a linesman on the line. And not even a single Tobin point for his efforts. No justice.
  7. This... Even the best refs can make mistakes. And I expect in the course of the season to lose a game or 2 to a controversial decision. But this is just so blatant, and so constant that it can't be just bad luck. Even the Adelaide player they interviewed at the Fox desk after the game came across as apologetic. Saying it was their worst game of the season and they were 'lucky' to win. I think we all know 'luck' had nothing to do with it.
  8. Sure as a Wanderers fan I'm disappointed. And I do feel sorry for the Boys in Red & Black. But the 2 that I feel most sorry for are the Assistant Referees. They did enough to get at least 2 Tobin points, if not Man of the Match. Adelaide couldn't have won without them. And the VAR had been outstanding. Especially near goals. The Wanderers just can't get past him.
  9. Now I know why they brought in VAR - so the likes of KGJ can screw us over without having to face our fans. **##$ing cowardly.
  10. I think both assistant referees should be nominated for man of the Match for their efforts for Adelaide. One blunts our attacks, the other ignores blatant outside goals scored against us.
  11. I don't agree that we lack the #mentality. We just scored 3 goals away against the number 1 team in the league, with half our players missing, and a referee that throughout the Match was determined to stop us. And we still nearly won. I'm not saying we can't improve, or that we're having a great season. But clearly we can play a competitive game of football. I do agree that we can't fix the refs, though.
  12. Yeah, I don't blame the opposition player for milking the penalty. I blame the ref for awarding a blatantly soft penalty.
  13. I don't agree with that either. As Madkaw said above, what is Hamill meant to do disappear? We can't start playing to trying please biased refs. Otherwise, we might as well just give the game away.
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