Adelaide United attacking midfielder Zach Clough admits his side were sluggish to begin proceedings, but gradually grew into the match and ultimately disappointed not to collect the three points.
The Reds played out a 0-0 draw with Western Sydney Wanderers after the two sides met just four days ago in Adelaide.
Clough believed Adelaide certainly improved after a slow start which saw the visitors absorb a substantial amount of pressure.
“I think we started slow,” he told Paramount+ after the match.
“Western (Sydney) came at us really fast, but after about 20 minutes I think we got a foothold in the game, I think we controlled most of the game.”
“And we’ll be disappointed to go away with just one point tonight.”
The 27-year-old said it was frustrating not to find a breakthrough, but was hopeful of bouncing back next weekend against Central Coast Mariners.
“I think we’re a really fit side, and I think everyone can see that,” he said.
“We’re working hard, we started slow but we’ll have a look at that and go again next weekend.”
The Englishman feels he is getting better each week as he adapts to the warmer Australian conditions, which are a stark contrast to the climate back in his homeland – especially at this time of year.
“I’m working hard, getting used to the heat,” he continued.
“Adelaide is a little bit hotter than it is here tonight, but I’m getting fitter definitely.”