A-League: Mariners and Phoenix in stalemate

Central Coast prolonged its unbeaten A-League run to 12 matches however missed the possibility to maneuver to the highest of the A-League ladder on Tuesday in Wellington.

Needing a win to leapfrog the first-placed Phoenix, the Mariners had been held to a 0-0 draw by the hosts.

The Mariners – whose title defence has gathered important momentum after 4 straight losses to start out the season – completed the match strongly, with the in-form Angel Torres, midfielder Max Balard and fullback Mikael Doka all having late pictures that failed to search out the again of the web.

In entrance of their greatest residence crowd of the season of 12,301, the Phoenix had been hopeful of celebrating Waitangi Day – New Zealand’s nationwide day – with a win, which might have prolonged their lead on the prime of the ladder to 5 factors.

Nonetheless, they not often threatened, with a flying Forty fourth-minute header from veteran attacker Kosta Barbarouses the closest the Phoenix got here to scoring.

Wellington skipper Alex Rufer lamented his workforce’s failure to penetrate in assault.

“We had been good with the ball, we had been affected person, however we simply lacked the ultimate product,” Rufer instructed Sky Sport.

“We’ll take the purpose. They’re workforce.”

Mariners captain Danny Vukovic stated the groups “cancelled one another out”.

“Wellington are an ideal facet,” the veteran goalkeeper stated.

“They defend very well as a workforce. They battle for one another. I see a variety of similarities between each groups.”

The Mariners are in motion once more on Saturday night time once they host Sydney FC.

The Phoenix additionally play on Saturday at residence in opposition to cellar dwellers Western United.

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