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Bad ref decisions have hurt Mariners: Okon

AAP logoAAP 29/10/2016 Emma Kemp

Central Coast coach Paul Okon has criticised what he perceives as poor officiating this A-League campaign after no action on a late penalty appeal against Western Sydney.

The Mariners drew 1-1 on Saturday night but were unlucky not be awarded a penalty - and potentially victory - when Wanderers defender Jack Clisby appeared to handball just inside the area.

Clisby's arm blocked Trent Buhagiar's cross but despite the players' shouts, referee Shaun Evans played on.

Okon did not comment specifically on the incident when asked what he thought but was dripping with sarcasm when referencing other refereeing incidents.

"It's not really important what I think," Okon said.

"I don't have the whistle or the flag to make that judgment.

"All I'll say is I think in the four games we've had, some bad decisions have gone against us that have cost us points.

"They do tell me - because I'm an inexperienced coach - that over the season it balances itself up, so I can't wait for that."

The Mariners' draw earned them a second point from four games to continue a season of sweeping change under new coach Okon.

Against a wasteful Wanderers outfit the former Young Socceroos mentor asked for compact defending without the ball and personality with it.

"The reward is we go home with a point and confidence that we've competed against a team that everybody considers to be one of the best in the competition," Okon said.

"After four games we're on the right track.

"If anyone thought we were going to win 27 A-League games coming from where we were they'd be nuts but we travel to Adelaide next week with confidence."

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