The 57-year-old addressed senior officials, saying that the city of Newcastle felt 'robbed, cheated and disrespected' after the VAR failed to spot Melbourne Victory player James Donachie in a clearly offside position in the lead-up to the only goal of the game, and with the subsequent apology from FFA boss Greg O'Rourke.
"Our people are different folk," said Johnston. "We are grounded in working-class roots, we are low maintenance and don’t make a fuss. We are also good hosts and good losers as you have probably noticed.
"Please forgive us, but what we are not good at is waiting 10 long years for a shot at glory, only to be dudded by administrative bodies who blow into town overnight, take our ticket money and deny us a fair go at winning a grand final, with a flawed refereeing system."
A long ball from Leroy George from a free-kick sailed to the back post, where Donachie headed it back across the face of goal before Kosta Barbarouses' shot was eventually deflected in. The Victory would cling on to win, 1-0.