Popovic: Wanderers did everything to win

Western Sydney Wanderers boss Tony Popovic felt his side did everything they could to beat Adelaide United in Friday night’s goalless draw at Pirtek Stadium.

Two of the Hyundai A-League’s in-form sides couldn’t be split in an entertaining clash to kick-off 2016.

“You always want more, in particular at home,” Popovic told Fox Sports post game.

“We kept a clean sheet and in the second half we did everything we could with the ball to score.

“But Adelaide defended well and in the end we have to go home with a point.”

Wanderers held by Adelaide at Pirtek

While disappointed not to notch another win in front of their home fans, the result does extend the Wanderers unbeaten run to 10 matches to remain at the top of the ladder.

And Popovic feels they would have won the match if Federico Piovaccari’s first-half strike wasn’t ruled out for an apparent foul by the Italian on Reds defender Dylan McGowan.

A minute later the Reds were also unlucky not to get a penalty when Michael Marrone hit the deck in the box after a challenge from Nikolai Topor-Stanley.

“The first one with Nikolai, I’ve seen those given,” Popovic admitted.

“But just a minute before that Piovaccari scores, so if he scores that goal I don’t believe we’d be talking about Marrone going through in the box.

Federico Piovaccari slides in to get a shot away against Adelaide United.

“That should have been 1-0 for us. They are both holding each other. I’m not really sure why he (referee Ben Williams) pulls that back. That’s a clear goal.”

Wanderers defender Scott Jamieson was disappointed his side didn’t take some of their chances but was delighted with another strong showing from the back-four.

“We go into every game to win it, especially at home, we feel at home we can get three points against anyone so it’s disappointing. But a clean sheet is always a positive,” the left-back said.

“We work hard on the defensive side of things as much as the attacking side so another clean sheet is a positive.

“We just need to convert some chances and keep on going.”

The Wanderers next clash is a trip to AAMI Park to play Melbourne City next Saturday night.

Mitch Nichols and Isaias get in a tangle for the ball at Pirtek Stadium.