Metcalfe 7.5, Puyo 4: Macarthur vs Melbourne City Player Ratings
Macarthur and Melbourne City have played out a cagey draw, meaning both missed an opportunity to cement their place in the top six.
Below are our player ratings out of ten from the 1-1 result.
Adam Federici - 7
Made a good save off of Metcalfe early in the second half, and seemed to be going out of his way to prevent Maclaren adding to his 19 goals this season, with a couple of smart one-on-one saves.
Jake McGing - 6
Was largely untroubled throughout his 45 minutes on the pitch.
Mark Milligan - 5
The ex-Victory skipper got his body position all wrong by putting the ball into his own net at the start of second half, but luckily for him it was ruled out for offside. He struggled to deal with Maclaren's pace in the second half, but still swept up many loose balls when required.
Aleksandar Susnjar - 6
Physically imposed himself well throughout the ninety.
Lachlan Rose - 7
The natural winger seems to be adapting more to the wing-back role every week, and was key to the effective Macarthur press early on. He pushed forward whenever possible, and he could have won the game towards the end but skewed his strike just wide after Martis played him in.
Denis Genreau - 6
Struggled to affect the game positively with his passing and couldn't face forward in the first half, but he had a bit more of an impact in the second half by drifting out into the wider areas.
Beñat - 6
The Spaniard was uncharacteristically sloppy in the early stages, but slowly grew into the game and started to dictate proceedings from his deep-lying role.
James Meredith - 6
Put in a couple of inviting deliveries into the box in the first half.
Charles M'Mombwa - 6
Provided his side with a counter-attacking threat, with his runs down the channels helping to release pressure. Was a bit of a surprise to see him hooked after just sixty minutes.
Loic Puyo - 4
The Frenchman once again failed to impose himself on the game, and he should have scored after Glover punched a cross straight to him on edge of box in the second half, but unfortunately he headed the ball wide.
Matt Derbyshire - 5
The Englishman hit the post with a strike that was ruled out for offside at the start, but the replay suggested he was actually onside. He was starved of good service for the most part, and it was noticeable that he became increasingly frustrated with his teammates throughout.
Liam Rose - 6
Played a couple of penetrating passes between the lines to get Puyo on the ball in good positions.
Antonis Martis - 7
Impressed from the bench, bringing an injection of energy and helping Macarthur wrestle back control towards the end.
Antony Golec - 6
His aerial presence helped Macarthur nullify any dangerous crosses late on by City
Michael Ruhs - 7
Finished brilliantly straight off the bench to equalise, pouncing on a Stokes error. He could have had a second too, but Derbyshire's ball across goal was just too far for him.
Jake Hollman - N/A
Came on too late for a rating.
Thomas Glover - 6
Glover's only nervy moment was when he was caught in no-mans land and punched a Genreau cross straight to Puyo, who probably should have scored.
Scott Galloway - 5
The ex-Adelaide man didn't provide any real attacking influence, something that City expect from their fullbacks.
Kerrin Stokes - 6
Showcased his impressive range of passing with a couple of pinpoint long balls from deep, but his costly air swing allowed Ruhs to nip ahead of him and slip the ball through Glover's legs for the equaliser.
Curtis Good - 5
Was wasteful in possession and lost it in key areas in the first half, succumbing to the aggressive Macarthur pressure. He also missed a good headed chance from close range right at the start.
Scott Jamieson - 6
Jamieson picked out Maclaren's early forward runs in the second half with a couple of well-timed long balls down the left channel.
Adrian Luna - 6
Brilliantly cushioned a headed pass down to Maclaren who should have scored early on, and he would have had a tap in if Metcalfe squared it to him at the start of the second half.
Aiden O'Neill - 6.5
Was solid and rarely lost possession throughout his 77 minutes.
Connor Metcalfe - 7.5
The youngster once again impressed tonight, always looking to be positive with the ball, and with the forward runs he makes off it. He should have squared the ball for Luna instead of shooting at the near post early in the second half, but made up for it with a cracking first time volley off of Noone's cross to open the scoring. Metcalfe could have had a double too after rattling the crossbar right near the end for a potential winner.
Andrew Nabbout - 5
Was a passenger for the most part. Even in the second period where City grew into the game, they used the left hand side and Noone more often instead.
Craig Noone - 6.5
The winger provided the perfect cross for Metcalfe to open the scoring, and despite having a quiet first period, he had much more of an effect in the second half by dropping off and linking up more with his midfielders.
Jamie Maclaren - 4.5
Given his form, he probably should have scored when Luna played him in just before the twenty minute mark, and he was uncharacteristically wasteful in front of goal throughout. The league's top scorer started to find more joy in behind the Macarthur defence in the second half.
Marco Tilio - 4
Despite being excellent off the bench in the derby, Tilio was very sloppy here and gave the ball away far too often after coming on.
Florin Berenguer - 6
The Frenchman picked up some good positions down the left hand side, but his final ball was poor.
Stefan Colakovski - N/A
Came on too late for a rating.