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Wanderers, Reds in A-League Men stalemate

Western Sydney Wanderers and Adelaide United have played out an entertaining goalless draw at CommBank Stadium on Sunday night.

Four days on from the Wanderers 2-1 victory in Adelaide on Wednesday night, the two teams squared off again but neither side could find the back of the net despite a host of chances at both ends.

Western Sydney coach Mark Rudan thought his side should have claimed victory for all their territorial dominance.

“I’m disappointed for my players, they worked extremely hard and the effort was there,” he said.

“I feel like we dropped two points tonight to be honest, that’s how it feels.”

United coach Carl Veart also felt the Reds were good value for the win.

“I think we had some good control in the game I just don’t think we made the most of our possession,” he said.

“We just needed to be a little bit more clinical in the front half.”

It was all the Wanderers early on, the home side carving out chance after chance in the opening quarter hour.

Steven Urgakovic attempted to thread through Terry Antonis on six minutes but Reds keeper Joe Gauci quickly raced off his line to collect.

A minute later and Thomas Aquilina gathered the ball from inside his own half and

carried it the length of the field with Ryan Kitto in pursuit.

The full-back drove towards goal and fired low and hard and hit the base of Gauci’s near post.

On 19 minutes, Antonis whipped in a dangerous cross from the left for the bounce to evade Bernie Ibini and Keijiro Ogawa got his head to it at the back post but couldn’t direct it on target.

Adelaide eventually worked their way back into the contest and controlled the second part of the first half.

Their best chance came in the 38th minute when Lachlan Brook whipped in a set piece which Lachlan Barr powerfully headed toward goal but Wanderers’ keeper Daniel Margush managed a reflex save front point-blank and kept it out with his foot.

The second half started much the same way as the first with Western Sydney dominating possession and looking the more likely to break the deadlock.

But despite camping in Adelaide’s half for much of the second half, it was the Reds who fashioned the first clear chance since the interval on 68 minutes.

Isaias released Brook on the left with the winger charging towards goal before cutting inside and shooting with this right foot. Margush parried the curler into the path of Zac Clough.

With the goal beckoning, the midfielder stabbed at the rebound and with Margush beaten, Adama Traore cleared off the line.

In the 75th minute, Wanderers’ substitute Tate Russell whipped in a cross for fellow substitute Tomer Hemed whose glancing header had Gauci scrambling.

A minute later and Brook went close again with his shot from outside the area deflected just wide.

As the clock wound down, Antonis found Hemed at the back post but again his header was saved by Gauci.

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