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Perth Glory women’s coach Alex Epakis blasts referee as they let two crucial A-League points slip away

Perth Glory women’s coach Alex Epakis has blasted the referee as the side dropped two crucial A-League points in a 3-3 draw with lowly Canberra United.

Epakis described some of referee Isabella Blaess’s decisions as “comical and borderline unfair” and called for an investigation into the standard of refereeing as Glory let a two-goal lead slip away.

He said they will use frustration to fuel future games as they battle to get back into the top four.

Glory slipped to fifth, equal on points with Melbourne Victory, but have played two more games.

”The (decisions) were comical, decisions were borderline unfair,” Epakis said.

”Some of the decisions really assisted the other team get back into the game.

“The referee missed an elbow to the face, that was violent conduct. Ultimately there needs to be some level of accountability or investigation to ensure the quality is maintained with the referees.

“I hope the APL is doing their due diligence and process to make sure they are keeping the competition fair and equitable for everyone.”

Two of Canberra’s goals came from set pieces that Epakis said should not have been awarded.

“Credit to the team, they were up against everyone possible,” he said.

“We’ve got a lot of frustration as a result of some of the decisions.

“Hopefully what happened is the fuel that keeps us going for the last couple of games.”

CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 05: Cyera Hintzen of Perth celebrates scoring a goal with team mates during the round 10 A-League Women's match between Canberra United and Perth Glory at Viking Park, on February 05, 2022, in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)
Camera IconCyera Hintzen of Perth celebrates scoring a goal. Credit: Mark Nolan/Getty Images

A double from Cyera Hintzen and one from Liz Anton were not enough to grab full points against second from bottom Canberra.

A controversial Grace Maher penalty, where Glory captain Natasha Rigby judged to have brought down Allira Roby in the box when contact looked to be outside, gave Canberra the lead after just six minutes.

Hintzen equalised in the 44th minute, and after the break Anton scored just her second A-League goal – both against Canberra – and Hintzen grabbed her second but Chelsea Washington and Lauren Kerr ensured a nail-biting finish.

“The first 10 minutes they (Canberra) were on top, the last 10 minutes they were on top but everything in between we were the better team,” Epakis said.

“We’ve just got to do it consistently for 90 minutes.”

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