Take a look at the stats that mattered in Melbourne Victory’s scoreless draw against Newcastle Jets in Round 19 of the Hyundai A-League 2016/17 season.
While Victory had more possession and recorded more passes than the Jets, it was largely ineffective in the attacking third, particularly in the first half.
Newcastle made more tackles in its defensive half, but Victory was forced into almost double the amount of clearances.
Width versus central
Victory focussed most of its attacks using the flanks against Newcastle, with less than 20 per cent of its play using the middle third of the pitch.
In contrast, the Jets played a more direct style, which included almost double the amount of long balls played.
Thomas stands tall
In the face of some fierce attacking from Newcastle, Victory goalkeeper Lawrence Thomas proved unbeatable.
He made eight saves for the game to take his season tally to 61, while keeping his fourth clean sheet of the season so far.