Roar skipper McKay refuses to bag VAR

Matt McKay refuses to blame the VAR for Brisbane's poor A-League effort against Newcastle.
Matt McKay refuses to blame the VAR for Brisbane's poor A-League effort against Newcastle.

Rather than bag the video assistant referee, Brisbane captain Matt McKay says the Roar simply need to make their own luck against fifth-placed Adelaide United in their A-League clash at Suncorp Stadium.

But that might be easier said than done after they again failed to get the rub of the green in last round's 1-0 home loss to Newcastle Jets.

Roar coach John Aloisi was ropeable after officials failed to call what appeared to be a clear-cut injury-time foul when Avraam Papadopoulos was knocked over in the penalty area.

Aloisi was also furious that one of the linesmen incorrectly flagged Massimo Maccarone as offside in the second half, something he claimed happened far too regularly to the veteran Italian striker.

It was enough for Roar managing director David Pourre to claim this week the A-League's poor refereeing was symptomatic of governance problems at Football Federation Australia.

McKay conceded he didn't believe seventh-placed Brisbane were enjoying much luck with the officials but refused to point the finger at the VAR.

"I think they understand now but they have to apply it," he said of the VAR system.

"You'd like to think it evens itself out over a season but we are a bit low (on getting favourable calls) on that in my opinion.

"But we've just had a poor run of it, that's just how it is.

"As players we have to work hard to make sure it doesn't get to that stage where we need a VAR to win us a game - it's on us to put the goals away."

McKay believed the Adelaide clash on Saturday would be a test of character for the three-time champions.

"You are going to have hard times wherever you are - we are no different," he said.

"It is how you get on with it and how professional you are.

"Hopefully we can work hard and get through the tough times."

McKay hoped the return of Roar fan favourite Henrique would fast-track their recovery.

Henrique earned a huge ovation from the 8000-plus home crowd against Newcastle when he made his official return to the club for the first time since 2016.

However, he fluffed a chance to give them the lead in the 73rd minute to further frustrate Aloisi, who claimed Brisbane should have scored four goals against the Jets.

Australian Associated Press