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Newcastle Jets' Ernie Merrick still mad at Spanish-speaking A-League referee

Diego Castro rescued a point for Perth Glory as they held Newcastle Jets to a 1-1 draw.
Ola Toivonen's late strike secured a point for Melbourne Victory against Wellington Phoenix.
Riley McGree scored in the final stages of Adelaide's deadlocked match with Brisbane to give them a 1-0 victory.
Kwabena Appiah's strike in the 58th minute lifts Western United over Western Sydney Wanderers 2-1.

Newcastle Jets coach Ernie Merrick says match officials should address players in English only, doubling down on his criticism of Australian referee Jonathan Barreiro.

Two days after his post-match blast at Barreiro following a 1-1 home draw with Perth Glory, Merrick's mood hadn't tempered when it came to the game's officiating.

He remained incredulous a penalty wasn't awarded for what he described as a "blatant" push in the back on Jets winger Nick Fitzgerald from Glory defender Alex Grant midway...

A-League review: Melbourne Victory's attack just won't click

It's Monday, so here's the good, bad and ugly from Round 5 in the A-League.

JUMP TO: Problems at the Victory | No one stands for City | What to make of Perth? | Jertec's pass, Pain's touch | A fitting late goal for Adelaide | Two touches, guys

Victory, and Athiu as anything other than a striker

It was the 48th minute in Melbourne Victory's 1-1 draw with Wellington Phoenix, and the Eye of Sauron that is the broadcast camera was for once not able to pick this moment up: The ball filters out to Storm...

Scott McDonald silencing his critics one A-League game at a time

Kwabena Appiah's strike in the 58th minute lifts Western United over Western Sydney Wanderers 2-1.
Diego Castro rescued Perth in the final minutes to draw level and deny Newcastle their first win of the season.
Melbourne City beat Central Coast 3-1 to make it four straight wins and stay top of the A-League.

Early in September, Western United didn't have the most convincing of preseason hitouts. The new A-League franchise defeated North Geelong 2-0 in Caroline Springs, but things were not really clicking that night in possession.

It was preseason, but United coach Mark Rudan was visibly agitated. Nevertheless, an observation from North Geelong centre-back Anthony Banovac seemed to resonate. One of the more perceptive defenders in the Victorian game, it was a small but nevertheless pertinent point. Nor...