Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold was pleased with his side's ability to keep a third consecutive clean sheet on Friday night after they drew 0-0 with Wellington Phoenix.
Despite the lack of goals, just the second time in nine game this pre-season they have been kept scoreless, Arnold was pleased with his defensive structure.
“We’ve done a lot of work on our defensive structure, that’s our third clean sheet in a row and from that side of it I was very pleased," Arnold said.
" We had three great chances in the first and we missed them, and goals change games.
“There’s still a lot of work for us to do. We came up against a very good Wellington Phoenix side and they are going to be tough this year.
"Ernie has recruited well, they have some very good players in midfield with good mobility, but defensively we held strong and I can’t really remember Vedran or Ivan Necevski having to make a save.”
Corey Gameiro has been in stunning form for Sydney FC this pre-season and was denied by Glen Moss on 23 minutes with a fantastic save.
Sydney goalkeeper Vedran Janjetovic almost gifted Phoenix forward Nathan Burns a goal late in the first-half but he skewed a first-time shot over the bar.
The second-half failed to match the entertainment in the first and both coaches made multiple changes to share around the game time.
Sydney's next game is on Tuesday night in the FFA Cup against Sydney United, before their final pre-season game in Hobart on Sunday-week against Melbourne Victory.
Sydney FC 0
Wellington Phoenix 0
WIN Stadium, Wollongong