Brisbane Roar coach Warren Moon has hit out at the red-card decision that cost his side badly in the 3-2 defeat against Western United on Saturday.
Roar had set their sights on finishing in the top six this season but they are facing an uphill battle following more dropped points at Moreton Stadium.
Roar were leading 1-0 after striker Juan Lescano gave them the lead after just three minutes but the game was turned on its head in the 30th minute when goalkeeper Jordan Holmes was sent off.
The referee adjudged that Holmes had brought down Western forward Lachlan Wales when he dashed outside of his area. But Moon felt it was soft.
"I think (Wales) looked for that," Moon said of the red card. "It was a feather touch, he's gone down making the most of it.
"It should have been looked at to be overturned."
With the extra man Western came fighting back as Adisu Bayew equalised before halftime. An own goal from Scott Neville and a further strike by Aleksandar Prijovic wrapped up the win to leave Moon frustrated.
"We were comfortable and that's what the frustration is," he added. "We scored the early goal, we carved out a few opportunities. We didn't have possession but possession doesn't win you football games. Chances and goals do."
The defeat keeps Roar second from bottom on the ladder, four points ahead of Perth Glory. Next up is a home clash against Wellington.