Roar cop tough A-League call, claims chief

Pamela Whaley
Roar's Tom Aldred (r) tackles Sydney's Rhyan Grant in Friday's A-League clash

Robbie Fowler has praised Brisbane Roar's bravery after they managed to hold A-League champions Sydney FC to a single penalty goal in Friday night's 1-0 loss at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium.

The controversial decision to award a penalty for Scott Neville's apparent handball in the box had dire consequences, handing Sydney FC the lone goal for the match and costing Roar a player for the rest of the game.

While coach Fowler was measured in his comments after the game, Roar CEO David Pourre and assistant coach Tony Grant both took to Twitter to criticise the decision by referee Chris Beath, which was upheld by the VAR.

"I can't express how I truly feel. Ruined a good game is the polite way of putting it," Pourre tweeted of the decision.

"The club understands everyone south of the boarder [sic] (except our interstate and international fans) are always against us. Good, if you want to join us against the rest jump on board our wagon."

Grant questioned whether the FFA was doing enough to develop their skills, tweeting: "I understand that it's tough for referees..but are you doing enough to help them improve, do they have reviews..do they get relevant CPD..do they engage with ex players...as coaches as players we are daily trying to improve..what is their process. #Help #together"

Fowler called for clarity around the handball rule, but praised the typical resolve of the Roar to maintain their composure against the red-hot Sky Blues.

"I will never knock the bravery, I will never knock the attitude of the players because I think they gave it their all tonight and perhaps we could have come away with a little bit more," he said.

"It wasn't to be, but we'll take a lot of confidence from the bravery and we'll try and put it into action next week."