DAVID Williams admits he paid the price for a clumsy striker’s challenge on Sunday when he was shown a red card in Melbourne Heart’s heart-stopping win over Brisbane.
And in the end the one-match ban is almost immaterial, as he would have been forced to miss Heart’s trip to Sydney FC though a foot injury sustained in that same match.
But what rankles Williams is that he was sent off for a challenge that, he argues, was no worse than the one committed on him by Brisbane goalkeeper Michael Theo that left him injured.
Williams got to the ball in the first half, just before the Brisbane shot stopper, to score Heart’s opener in the 3-2 win, but was nursing the injury from then on.
”There was no ball taken at all. His feet were a lot higher than mine. I’m not being petty about it, but the refs have to be consistent. It was a clear tackle without the ball on myself – doesn’t matter if it’s a goalkeeper or an outfield player. If that’s not a red, I don’t see that mine should be a red.”
■THE evolving Brisbane Roar has quickly moved to add attacking spark after significantly bolstering its defence with the return of Socceroo Jade North. On Wednesday, the start of the January transfer window, Roar signed livewire Julius Davies from Melbourne Victory.
Davies, 18, had been unused by Ange Postecoglou this season but new Roar coach Mike Mulvey believes the speedy midfielder can be the man to unlock the packed defences that have frustrated the defending champions.
Davies said: ”I felt like I was going to play more this season but obviously that wasn’t the case so I think this is a perfect opportunity for me to now establish myself.”
The Roar has struggled to score in losing eight of 15 games to be seventh on the A-League ladder.
”Julius has a bit of X-factor about him,” Mulvey said. ”He’s got the ability to break down defences, and that’s something that we’ve lacked in recent times.”
The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Hangzhou Night Net.