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Late goal gives Roar win over Mariners

Central coast coach Graham Arnold took aim at his players, the referee and Football Federation Australia (FFA) after a 1-0 A-League home loss to Brisbane on Sunday at Bluetongue Stadium.

A fierce 89th-minute strike from substitute Kwame Yeboah ended the Mariners' unbeaten record and returned the Roar to first spot.

It was a well-deserved win for Brisbane, who created most of the best chances, but were denied by experienced goalkeeper Liam Reddy, who made several fine saves in his Mariners debut.

Arnold acknowledged Brisbane were worthy winners, but said referee Ben Williams bullied his less-experienced assistant Greg Taylor, who raised his flag for a handball in the Roar area.

Williams did not give a penalty, much to Arnold's ire.

"It was a young linesman and, if you are going to bully a young linesman and not listen to him, then no use having him out there," Arnold said.

"The young linesman flagged for a penalty.

"He waved the flag, he was trying to get the referee's attention and then he put it down."

Arnold expressed concern at his team's inability to retain possession and their lack of mobility.

"You can defend and when you get the ball if everyone stands still, you're not given any options to start playing," Arnold said.

"Mobility is a big thing and it's something I need to look at.

"We've got to be mentally stronger and tougher."

Roar coach Mike Mulvey praised his team's patience as they stuck to their guns despite dominating the match for no reward until the very end.

"I think that the mark of respect that they showed us was that in the second half, they just completely withdrew and allowed us to have the ball in our own half.

"When you get that, you don't want to get caught on the sucker counter-attack, so I was really thrilled with the goal because it proved that patience and composure and a clinical strike at the right time can pay off."

The Mariners don't play next weekend as their fixture against Wellington has been rescheduled due to New Zealand's two-leg World Cup playoff against Mexico.

Arnold said it was a case of double standards by FFA, as Wellington played their first-round A-League game with six players away on international duty.

"They don't even stop the round for Australia, the Socceroos," Arnold said.

"Ange (Socceroos coach Postecoglou) has got a squad (for the November 19 game against Costa Rica).

"All the (Socceroo) A-League players next week, are they coming back to play in the A-League next weekend?"

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