Michael Marrone pleased with clean sheet


Michael Marrone was pleased Adelaide United were able to come away with a fifth clean sheet of the Hyundai A-League 2018/19 season.

The Reds recorded a 0-0 draw against Newcastle Jets on Sunday afternoon with chances occurring few and far between.

Nevertheless, Adelaide undoubtedly had the best opportunity of the game to open the scoring after Craig Goodwin smacked the crossbar with a thumping drive before half-time.

Marrone, playing in his 200th Hyundai A-League game as a centre-back, admitted a draw was fair outcome on the balance of play.

“The game was pretty messy up and back so a point is probably fair,” he told Fox Sports after the game.

“I think we hit the bar and a few other half chances as well.

“But really we didn’t create too much with the ball. It was more on the counter but we did have a few good opportunities and so did they as well, (they had) a few half chances.”

The point means Adelaide could not distance themselves further of fifth-spot Melbourne City as they remain two points clear.

The 32-year-old defender, naturally a right-back, said he was content with his performance alongside Michael Jakobsen in the heart of the defence.

While the Reds were unable to collect the three points, Marrone was delighted they at least kept the Jets scoreless.

“Playing an unfamiliar position is always a bit hard,” he explained.

“But we got a clean sheet so you’ve got to be happy.”

Adelaide United face Sydney FC in Round 21 of the Hyundai A-League 2018/19 season on Friday, 1 March at Leichardt Oval. Kick-off is at 7.20pm ACDT. Live on Fox Sports, and streamed on the My Football Live App and Kayo Sports.