Wolves coach happy with draw after draining week

NSW NATIONAL PREMIER LEAGUE 

Wolves coach Nahuel Arrarte was pleased to leave APIA Leichhardt with a point, after his side backed up from a gut-busting 120-minute Waratah Cup win during the week.

South Coast shared the spoils via a 0-0 draw at Lambert Park to remain unbeaten in their past four league fixtures. Arrarte said it was a good result away from home given the short four-day turnaround.

"They put us under the pump very early on in the game and we made a couple of changes in the midfield," Arrarte said.

"Towards the end of the first half, we started playing a bit.

"It was one of those games considering the circumstances with the midweek game getting played and everything, I suppose it was a pretty fair result."

The Wolves were almost down in the match within five minutes of kick-off when Franco Parisi thought he had given APIA a dream start but was ruled offside.

It set the tone for the opening quarter of an hour as the Tigers peppered Daniel Collison's goal.

Daniel Fogarty, Blake Powell, Bradley Bartels and Parisi all had chances for the home team but were unable to capitalise on their early dominance.

After quelling the onslaught, South Coast worked their way into the match and went into the half on level pegging.

The second half saw substitute Jordan Murray come close after a weaving run and new addition Lachlan Reus make his debut for the Wolves.

At the other end, former Sydney FC striker Powell continued to apply the pressure up front for the Tigers.

But they couldn't find a way past the Wolves defence who posted just their second clean sheet of 2014.

"The first few weeks, part our plan was to get the defensive structure right," Arrarte said.

"We still have a bit of work to do but the boys are taking in the information of what we expect them to do and it is helping us. The game on the weekend we had to dig deep and had to fight it out.

"You could tell they were fatiguing but they were still creating chances as well."

St George's (9th) valuable 2-1 away win at Marconi (8th) means the Wolves (11th) are still in a fierce battle at the bottom of the competition with just four points separating 7th from 12th.

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