Glory held to 0-0 draw against Adelaide

Joel Chianese (right) almost snatched victory for Glory in the A-League stalemate with Adelaide.
Joel Chianese (right) almost snatched victory for Glory in the A-League stalemate with Adelaide.

Adelaide coach Marco Kurz was left crying foul after claiming his team missed out on a penalty in Wednesday night's 0-0 draw with Perth Glory at HBF Park.

The wet and windy conditions meant the game never reached any great heights, but Kurz felt Spanish midfielder Isaias Sanchez had been fouled in the box late in the first half.

"What can I say? In the past we watched scenes with the VAR," Kurz said.

"We have the chance to watch the scene, and the Spanish guy from Perth said as well it was a penalty, and why not? But have to respect it."

Glory, who also drew 0-0 with Melbourne City on Saturday, have now played out consecutive scoreless draws for the first time since 2007.

The results have cut Perth's lead at the top of the table to just two points, with second-placed Sydney now within striking distance following their 1-0 win over Wellington on Wednesday.

Melbourne Victory (30 points) are in third spot, with Adelaide (23) leapfrogging Wellington into fifth on goal difference.

Perth had a chance to win in stoppage time, but a diving Joel Chianese fell just centimetres short of connecting on Jason Davidson's cross.

"Overall a tough game in tough conditions," Glory coach Tony Popovic said.

"It was wet, windy, a tight match. There weren't really many chances, and we always felt it would come down to one goal if any.

"Unfortunately we couldn't get it. But we're pleased to keep another clean sheet in a game where we didn't really have any rhythm."

Popovic had made 16 changes to his starting line-up during the previous three matches, and he made another three on Wednesday.

Diego Castro and Andy Keogh started on the bench as part of Popovic's rotation policy, while Matthew Spiranovic was rested altogether from the side that drew 0-0 with Melbourne City last Saturday.

Dino Djulbic was prominent in a wet and windy opening half in front of 7213 fans, with the Glory defender connecting on a number of headers.

Most of them were off target, but his 27-metre thunderbolt in the 33rd minute forced Adelaide goalkeeper Paul Izzo to make a sharp low save.

The rain cleared up in the second half, and Popovic introduced Castro in the 61st minute and Keogh five minutes later in a bid to give Glory some extra spark.

But some defensive lapses gave Adelaide some good looks on goal, with Djulbic doing well to block Goodwin's close-range strike in the 75th minute.

Australian Associated Press