Mark Bosnich has pulled rank on two co-commentators in a bizarre live TV moment on Monday night.
The former Socceroos goalkeeper was in commentary for Fox Sports during the Central Coast Mariners’ clash with the Wanderers when things got a bit weird.
Bosnich and co-commentator Brenton Speed were discussing whether or not the Mariners should have won a penalty when Patrick Ziegler brought down Samuel Silvera in the box.
Speed was adamant a penalty should have been awarded, believing Ziegler “shoved” Silvera in the back.
But Bosnich was having none of it.
After Speed called on sideline commentator Adam Peacock to be the deciding vote - Peacock siding with Speed that it should have been a penalty - Bosnich put his foot down.
“Speedy, it’s a contact sport,” he said.
“And remember, that’s why you and Adam are commentators and I’m the expert. It was not a penalty.”
But Speed gave it right back, declaring: “Stay out of the back of attackers if you’re not goal side.”
To which Bosnich shot back: “It’s a contact sport. I told you, you guys commentate and I’ll do the expert comments.”
Wanderers steal late point against Mariners
Central Coast managed to take precious points off another A-League finals aspirant but fell just short of a first win in 13 games by drawing 1-1.
Three days after holding Newcastle to a 0-0 draw at the same venue in Gosford, the Mariners took two points off a Wanderers side playing their first game since the competition resumed.
The Mariners looked on course to get their first win since January 12 when Milan Duric finished well just before the hour mark, after Matt Simon knocked Tommy Oar's cross into his path.
But an 88th-minute header from substitute Simon Cox salvaged a point for the visitors, who remain in ninth spot four points off sixth.
Wanderers started the game on top, but lost the momentum midway through the first half and only regained it late in the game.
“We did fall back a little bit and (it was) a little bit frustrating,” Wanderers' coach JP de Marigny said.
“The way we finished the game was strong and was determined, it was positive. I see it as gaining a point.”
Mariners coach Alen Stajcic rated his team’s performance as their best in the three games they have played since the competition restarted.
He thought they might have been awarded two penalties and said it was heartbreaking not to hold on for what would have been just their fifth win of the campaign.
“I thought we were much better on the ball than we have been and created a lot of attacking opportunities,” Stajcic said.
“I thought we were hard done by to cop that later equaliser, we were on top and looked more threatening and more dangerous and throughout the night.
“The first 10-15 minutes was maybe in in their favour but I thought after that we were the better team and probably should have scored a second one that would have put the game to bed and a couple of decisions that might have went our way.”