A point for United but uncertainty remains


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Tarek Elrich in action for Adelaide United.

THE blow torch was on Adelaide United coach Guillermo Amor’s future before kick-off on a heavy pitch at Spotless Stadium on Saturday night.

It was a distraction the bottom-placed Reds didn’t need as it faced Western Sydney on the back of flying a 16,000km round trip, 72 hours after meeting Jiansgu Suning in an AFC Champions League midweek fixture where the Chinese club’s squad earned a $1.2 million bonus for a 2-1 win in Nanjing.

Adelaide chairman Greg Griffin was on the front foot rebuking a claim from the SBS World Game website which pointed to Adelaide signing the Aloisi brothers John and Ross as coaches to replace Amor for the new 2017/18 season.

“Absolute bulls…t,’’ said Griffin.

Adelaide United’s Riley McGree (right) challenges the Wanderers’ Bruno Pinatares for the ball on Saturday night.

Adelaide United’s Riley McGree (right) challenges the Wanderers’ Bruno Pinatares for the ball on Saturday night.Source:AAP

Griffin also claimed the much talked about ‘deadline’ with regards to whether Amor stays or leaves at the end of the season is not on the club’s list of immediate action items.

Brisbane Roar boss John Aloisi who is off contract at the end of the season said no contact had been made by Adelaide.

After Amor’s future led all the pregame talk, Adelaide and Wanderers shared the points in a 0-0 draw as fatigue became a factor after Wanderers also returned from a Tuesday night Champions League clash in China.

But after a bright start Adelaide was pinned in its own half as the Wanderers continually overloaded the Reds flanks without success in the first half.

Adelaide United’s Mark Ochieng looks to get between Wanderers players Dimas Delgado (left) and Jack Clisby on Saturday night.

Adelaide United’s Mark Ochieng looks to get between Wanderers players Dimas Delgado (left) and Jack Clisby on Saturday night.Source:AAP

After interim captain Marcelo Carrusca fired a 22m shot over the bar in the 5th minute before Baba Diawara’s volley was neat but lacked power to trouble Wanderers keeper Vedran Janjetovic two minutes later, Wanderers ran the show.

But a combination of good goalkeeping from Daniel Margush first when he parried a Nicolas Martinez 25m effort to poor finishing when the home side couldn’t convert a raft of chances kept United in the game.

Reds stopper Dylan McGowan also made a brilliant goal line save in the 22nd minute when Wanderers striker Lachlan Scott had eight yards to choose from but his shot crashed against the legs of the big centre back.

Margush also got lucky in the 38th minute when referee Kris Griffiths-Jones disallowed a goal from Dimas, calling a foul when the teenage gloveman repeatedly failed to clutch the slippery ball.

Tarek Elrich in action for Adelaide United.

Tarek Elrich in action for Adelaide United.Source:AAP

Margush then made two clinical second half saves within a minute.

His first in the 51st minute was a spectacular tip over the bar from a Terry Antonis 25m shot before he palmed away a 7m Scott header which was bound for the bottom left-hand corner.

With Baba Diawara ending his shift for the explosive pace of Mark Ochieng Adelaide did have some spark in its attacking moves from the 54th minute after the Senegalese who was doing a lot of hold up work was isolated up front when United did have Wanderers back peddling.

In the 61st minute Sergio Cirio had a chance cleared off the line by Jack Clisby to earn the Reds first corner of the clash when he latched onto Tarek Elrich through ball.

Then Jumpei Kasukumi did leave Margush flat-footed when his shot deflected off Taylor Regan’s legs and out for a corner in the 67th minute before Riley McGree forced a corner after a strong Reds counter attack seconds later.

A-League – Round 22

Western Sydney Wanderers 0 Adelaide United 0 at Spotless Stadium – Referee: Kris Griffiths-Jones – Crowd: 8965.

Originally published as A point for United but uncertainty remains