They’ve been slow to hit their straps this season, but back-to-back champions Sydney FC are officially in charge after a 1-0 win under lighting-affected circumstances at Perth Glory, which puts them in fifth place in the A-League table and leaves Glory coach Richard Garcia angry

In a match that was delayed 45 minutes due to lightning and storms in the area, the final whistle was then blown before the fight entered the stoppage hour when the bad weather returned and cut the lighting inside the Jubilee stadium

It was a big blow for Perth who were denied what appeared to be an obvious first-half penalty and still had several minutes to try and find an equalizer at the end of the game

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“We canceled the game, but the players are still on the pitch doing interviews, so where’s the well-being of the players?” Garcia said

“I’m all for the welfare of the players, but we’re still doing interviews, so why was the game canceled?” I am bewildered, bewildered to say the least “

“You can’t ask a question because you don’t get an answer They (the referees) don’t talk to us,” Garcia continued

Glory’s bad luck was compounded in the evening after a blatant penalty was staggeringly denied even via VAR when Paulo Retre slipped two feet into Carlo Armiento inside the box

“Stone Wall penalty in every league in the world, including this one It’s a penalty It’s a game changer Who runs VAR? It’s a penalty every day of the week,” Garcia said

Sydney’s victory, their fourth in their last six games, came thanks to Kosta Barbarouses’ strike in the second half and means they are just five points behind the leaders in the Central Table Coast and they have a match in hand

The victory might have come with a bit of luck, but Sydney still plundered 23 shots on Perth’s goal and without the quick reflexes of 39-year-old Liam Reddy between Glory’s sticks the margin certainly would have been bigger

After making numerous point-blank saves to deny Bobo, the pressure was finally put on Reddy in the 54th minute for the final winner when he let a well-hitting Barbarouse effort from an angle slip under his body. for the Kiwis’ fifth goal of the season

An ACL rebuild and complications afterwards mean Glory and Socceroos winger Chris Ikonomidis hasn’t played in over 14 months But he’s been seen warming up with his team ahead of the game, hinting a return is not far away It’s easy to forget how important he was to a club and country contributor before his injury

He might have his bright side at the top of the table, but Central Coast boss Alen Stajcic was an interested spectator at Jubilee Stadium He was turning his eyes on Sydney FC ahead of their top-ranking clash between the Mariners and the Sky Blues in two weeks

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